Torridge District Council's scheme offering free home composters for parish halls is proving to be a roaring success. Letters were sent to all parish clerks offering the service in an effort to encourage residents to continue to recycle food and garden w

Torridge District Council's scheme offering free home composters for parish halls is proving to be a roaring success.Letters were sent to all parish clerks offering the service in an effort to encourage residents to continue to recycle food and garden waste.Bradford and Cookbury Parish Council was the first to request and receive a free composter, which was delivered by Councillor Adam Symons (Hartland and Bradworthy), Lead Member for Refuse and Recycling. Councillor Symons said: "Home composting is such a great way of turning your food and garden waste into a useable material. So we were pleased to be able to offer parish councils the opportunity to have a free home compsoter. "With the launch of the 'Love Food, Hate Waste' campaign, we are keen to ensure that residents don't waste edible food. However, we will always produce residue from preparing food, which can be added to garden materials to produce a great soil conditioner. If everyone home composted, we would have a third less waste to collect and manage, and this would have a huge benefit for the environment."Bradford Pre-School and Greenfingers - the local gardening club - will also be recycling with the free home composter.Pauline Jones, Secretary of Bradford and Cookbury Village Hall, said: "We are going to make good use of this composter and having it here will help the children understand from an early age that nothing needs to be wasted. They can use it for their nursery garden and the village hall can use it for old tea bags and paper residue."More than 30 per cent of the materials thrown into the bin can be home composted, and therefore the more people who home compost, the less rubbish that will be put to landfill, which in turn will reduce the impact on the environment.To claim a free composter for their parishes, clerks should write to Torridge by August 31, or email Head of Operational Services Ricky McCormack at ricky.mccormack@torridge.gov.uk. Alternatively, call the Council on (01237) 428700 and one will be delivered to you.