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Pets can go ‘green’ too!

This year, you can help celebrate National Pet Week, which starts on 29th April, by making sure that your much-loved pets play their part in keeping our environment clean. 

If you are already a home composter, remember this week to gather up any loose pet hair, bedding and even cardboard pet food packaging and recycle it in your compost bin. 

All animal lovers will agree that it can be frustrating when cats and dogs start to moult, leaving excess hairs over the furniture. But these loose hairs don’t need to become part of your household rubbish, instead, just add it to your compost bin. Even cardboard pet food packaging can be scrunched up and added to the bin as an excellent way to provide air pockets. Vegetarian pet bedding such as sawdust, newspaper, hay and straw is an ideal addition to a compost bin - in fact the urine from the bedding is a great natural activator to help speed up the home composting process!  But, be aware that bedding or faeces from meat-eating pets cannot be added to your bin. 

Recycling your pet hair, vegetarian bedding and food packaging, along with kitchen and garden waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags, egg shells and grass cuttings will not only result in fabulous, free fertiliser for your garden plants, but it will also help reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites.

For those who haven’t yet experienced home composting, why not celebrate National Pet Week by buying a bin and doing your bit. WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) is the Government’s recycling initiative that aims to encourage more people throughout the UK to recycle more stuff, more often. 

WRAP is teaming up with partner organisations across the UK to offer cut price compost bins for as little as £6.  Check out the website www.recyclenow.com/home_composting or phone 0845 600 0323 for more details.