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Free prize draw ‘Binanza’

Devon residents can win a composting bin if they pledge online to compost their kitchen and garden waste.

One hundred composting bins and other prizes, including a wormery, a food waste gadget kit and a gardening hamper can be won in the draw which closes on 2 April 2017.

Composting is the most effective way to reduce waste and help the planet, and at least 30% of the contents in an average household bin can be composted.

Composting at home over 12 months can reduce carbon emissions equivalent to that produced by a kettle in a year, or a washing machine over three months.

Recycle Devon, a partnership of 10 councils including Devon County Council, eight district authorities and one unitary council, is encouraging people to give food and garden waste a second life by signing up to at least one of the following pledges:

  • I pledge to compost my food waste
  • I pledge to compost my garden waste
  • I pledge to use my food waste collection (in areas that have one)

How to enter

To enter the draw visit Recycle Devon - Pledge to compost and agree to one or more of the pledges and submit.

The website also has helpful advice on composting including a step-by-step guide on how to compost and details on how to purchase a cut priced compost bin in your area. Furthermore, you can obtain a free 'Composting for all' book written by composting guru Nicky Scott. The book tells you everything you need to know for successful home composting, from beginner basics to heating the heap for faster composting.

Liz Jarvis, Senior Waste Manager at Devon County Council, one of the authorities in the Recycle Devon partnership, said:

“Whether you’re a keen gardener or struggle to keep potted plants alive, we can all get involved in composting and making use of organic waste from our homes and gardens. Please sign up to one or more of our pledges - not only will you cut down on food and garden waste but you may also save money too by not buying shop bought compost.”

The prize draw will take place on 2nd April 2017.

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