As International Composting Awareness Week begins on Sunday, Cumbria County Council is encouraging residents across the county to get more involved with recycling activities.

A variety of garden parties will be hosted in Wigton, Cockermouth and Keswick; which will include compositing and garden upcycling demonstrations, and coffee mornings.

A drop-in session with one of Recycle for Cumbria Waste prevention officers will also be held in Kendal, as well as introduction to compositing sessions at Penrith and Carlisle libraries.


of household waste is estimated to be compostable

We encourage all our residents to compost at home where possible. It’s a really simple process that helps reduce the amount of waste from the kitchen and provides people with a great source for compost so they can grow their own free vegetables at home.

Judith Bradshaw, Recycle for Cumbria

Events running in Cumbria during International Composting Awareness Week include:

  • Riversmeet Garden Party: Saturday 6th May - 11am-3pm at Riversmeet, Market Place, Cockermouth.

  • Wigton Garden Party: Tuesday 9th May at Wigton Library

  • Introduction to Composting: Tuesday 9th May - 11-1pm at Carlisle Library

  • Composting Drop-in Session: Wednesday 10th May - 09:30am-12pm at Kendal Library

  • Introduction to Composting: Friday 12th May - 11-12pm at Penrith Library

  • Keswick Garden Party: Saturday 20th May at Keswick Library