11th May 2017

SUEZ kicks off compost awareness week with visit to St Mary’s School in Truro

SUEZ kicked off Compost Awareness Week today visiting St. Marys Church of England School in Truro, to present the school with free bags of compost to use with their young gardeners.

The compost, which was produced from green waste collected at Cornwall’s household waste recycling centres, was donated by The Green Waste Company. SUEZ are giving away compost to Cornwall schools visiting  SUEZ’s visitor centre in Bodmin up until the end of July to mark International Compost Awareness Week.

International Compost Awareness Week is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week in May. The goal of the program is to raise awareness of home composting and the benefits of using compost to grow healthy plants, to reduce the use of fertiliser and pesticides, to improve water quality and to protect the environment.

Students at St Marys

Students at St Marys making use of their compost

Laura Cobb, Teaching Assistant said: “We are delighted to receive the compost which we will be able to use in the raised beds and greenhouse to grow plants from seed, which our School Council intends to sell, in order to raise funds for Cornwall’s Air Ambulance.”

Natalie Chard, Community Liaison Manager at SUEZ said: ‘We send the green waste from kerbside collections, as well as the green waste taken to our recycling centres in Cornwall for composting. Last year, we composted over 31,000 tonnes of waste. We’re delighted to support Compost Awareness Week and encourage schools to contact us to claim their free compost from our Visitor Centre in Bodmin.”

SUEZ manages the Bodmin materials recycling facility as well as the Cornwall energy recovery centre, which both have visitor centres that welcome schools groups. Last year, the visitor centre at Bodmin played host to over 2,000 visitors, many from local schools, who came to learn about how Cornwall’s waste is recycled and used to generate energy.

Schools interested in collecting compost, visiting the Bodmin visitor centre or the recently opened visitor centre at the Cornwall energy recovery centre should contact us here.

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