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North Ayrshire Council's free compost giveaway returns

Posted on 28 May 2024
Council Waste Awareness Officer Michale Ingram

Council Waste Awareness Officer Michael Ingram with some of the compost



Compost created from food and garden waste across North Ayrshire will be given away free to residents.

Gardeners and growers are invited by North Ayrshire Council’s Waste Services team to collect some compost for their gardens or allotments.

Almost 12,500 tonnes of food and garden waste is collected from North Ayrshire annually. This is recycled into rich compost for plants and vegetables and is:

  • made available for use by the Council
  • offered free to residents and
  • donated to local community gardens and allotments.

Adding compost to soil is one of the best ways to increase the health of your garden by helping the soil to absorb nutrients more effectively, retain moisture and develop strong plant roots.

The Council is offering residents the chance to give their plants and veg a boost in time for summer with free compost giveaways at various locations.

Around 70 tonnes of the soil improver will be handed out. It will be loose, so you will need to take along your own bag and shovel to collect it.

This year’s mainland compost giveaway is taking place on Monday, June 3 from 3pm at the following three locations:

  • Irvine Beach Park car park (near Harbour Pilot House)
  • Stevenston Shore, at the Trelawney Terrace carpark and
  • The car park behind Kilbirnie Library, Avils Place.

You can collect some at Eglinton Park (at the event field), Kilwinning, from 9am to 3.30pm on Tuesday, June 4.

And also at the car park at Vikingar, Greenock Road, Largs, on Friday, June 7 from 3pm.

On Arran and Cumbrae the giveaway will take place on Friday, May 31 from 2pm at the Household Waste Recycling Centre, Market Road, Brodick, and

Garrison House, Glasgow Street, Millport, along the approach road to the motorhome site.

Compost supplies are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

The Waste Services team would also like to encourage residents to recycle the Right Stuff in the Right Bin because if you put the wrong stuff in the wrong bin we can't collect it.

Doing this helps the Council reduce the £3 million spent sending waste for final disposal.

For more useful recycling information, including how to reduce what you put in your bins and a refresher on the ‘Right Stuff, Right Bin’ guidance, visit the web page: https://tinyurl.com/recycleNA 

Please check our social media channels for any unforeseen changes to the advertised dates/times.