Composting

The Longman landfill site in Inverness takes most of the waste generated in our area but is due to close in 2003. Urgent action is therefore needed to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and we believe this is the responsibility of every individual living in or visiting our area. The cost of emptying bins and disposing of waste is much higher in remote rural areas than in urban areas due to the vast distances the waste needs to travel. This is also a major problem when it comes to recycling. For example, by the time a lorry has collected glass from bottle banks in our area and delivered them to where they will be recycled, it costs more in time and petrol than the glass is actually worth. In addition to this, it is negotiable whether this effort of recycling is more environmentally friendly than other methods of disposal due to the vast transportation distances concerned.

In order to help in a small way with this major problem LEAF/GALE has been working with Wester Loch Ewe Community Council and WHAM (Waste: Highland Action on Minimisation) to encourage local composting. So far we have distributed 45 compost bins locally and hope to divert at least 1,500kg of compostable waste from landfill each year as a result.

In addition to benefiting the environment and raising awareness of landfill problems the project enables local people to make their own compost for use in their gardens instead of having to purchase it.

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