Home composting bins found to divert 150kg of waste a year

Home composting bins on average divert 150kg of waste a year from the household waste stream, according to long-awaited research from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Speaking last week at the Futuresource event in London, WRAP's director of local government programmes, Philip Ward, explained that “monumental” research by consultancies Resource Futures and the Water Resource Centre had independently concluded that this was the amount councils could hope to divert if they subsidised a home composting bin.

However, Mr Ward explained that the figure was not expected to count towards council efforts to divert waste from landfill under the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme as had originally been the intention of the study – pointing to the fact that home composting diverted material from green waste collections as well as landfill, and so did not constitute a direct landfill saving.

Instead, he claimed that it could instead be used by councils to calculate what level of subsidy for bins they might want to make after the WRAP subsidy for home composting bins ends for good in September 2009 – claiming that a

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