LOCAL people are lending their support to a national compost initiative.

And Waste Aware Scotland's Compost at Home campaign, funded by the Scottish Government, has reached a major milestone with the sale of its 200,000th compost bin since the launch of the campaign in 2004.

The 200,000 compost bins distributed under the scheme have diverted an estimated 84,000 tonnes of kitchen and garden waste from landfill, saving 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere - the equivalent of taking almost 11,000 cars off the road for a year.

The campaign was launched in 2004, with Angus joining the project in 2007. Since then 3,135 of these compost bins have been distributed in Angus.

A third of Scottish households are now composting at home, according to a recent Waste Aware Scotland survey.

The main reasons people gave for composting at home are that it's good for the garden (59 per cent) and reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill (41 per cent). Items suitable for composting include fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags, leaves, paper items and egg boxes.

The campaign is also backed by a network of Home Compositing Heroes – members of the public who aim to share practical hints and tips about composting at home within their local communities.

Kevin Jameson, of Carnoustie Home Composting Hero for Angus, encouraged residents to compost at home.

He said: "Composting at home helps reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and produces quality nourishment for my garden."

Angus Council's convener of infrastructure services David May said: "We are pleased to learn how many residents of Angus are already home composting and hope that many others will join in this scheme."

The campaign is a partnership between WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the Scottish Waste Awareness Group (SWAG) and aims to get even more of the Scottish public composting kitchen and garden waste by offering discounted compost bins.

For information and advice on home composting and seasonal tips for composting in autumn, visit: www.wasteawarescotland.org.uk or call the Home Composting Helpline on 0845 600 0323 or email homecompost@wasteawarescotland.org.uk.

Compost bins can be ordered via the Waste Aware Scotland website www.wasteawarescotland.org.uk or by calling the order line on 0845 077 0756.