Hundreds of Watford residents bag free compost

Hundreds of green fingered Watford residents took advantage of the warm weather and free compost on Saturday 11 May at Wiggenhall Depot.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2019

Watford Borough Council and Veolia worked in partnership to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week by giving away 10 tonnes of free compost as a thank you to residents for recycling their food and garden waste in their green-lidded wheeled bin.

The Gurung family travelled from Callowland Ward and experienced the event for the first time. Anjana said “This event has inspired me and my family to recycle more food and garden waste, especially now that we have seen this wonderful compost. My son has brought his own shovel today and he is already excited to get home and to start using the compost in the garden. We will be back next year!”

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “Thank you to everyone who already uses their green bin to recycle the food and garden waste that we are able to turn into compost. When we’re not giving it back to you, it helps new crops grow. Please keep up the good work!”

Darren Harding, Senior Contracts Manager for Veolia said, “We are pleased to celebrate the recycling efforts of Watford’s residents by giving them free compost.  It’s crucial that residents understand the importance of recycling and are able to see the benefits it brings to the environment, so that they’re motivated to recycle more. We hope that the compost donated will be used to enhance local gardens this summer, so that in the coming months when we collect garden waste for recycling, the same clippings will be recycled into new compost to start the process all over again.”

For those that missed the Compost Giveaway, Veolia  sell Pro-Grow, a fine grade, peat free  soil conditioner,  for £3 a bag or £10 for four bags from Wiggenhall Depot, Wiggenhall Road during business hours.

Alternatively, Watford residents can purchase great value home composting bins and transform their fruit and vegetable peelings and garden waste into nutrient rich compost.  Order online at or telephone 0844 571 4444 and have it home delivered.

For information on what you can place in your green-lidded bin, visit

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