Free compost on offer through The Big Heap

by Colne Life magazine

Gardeners from across Pendle are invited to come and help themselves to free compost when The Big Heap comes to Nelson later this month.

On Wednesday 20 May around 10 tonnes of compost will be available for free from the Goitside car park, off Scotland Road.

It’s being delivered on behalf of Lancashire County Council by Global Renewables Ltd from Farington Waste Technology Park in Leyland. They have produced the compost from garden waste collected from homes across Lancashire including in Pendle.

Carole Taylor, Pendle Council’s Waste & Recycling Co-ordinator, said: “This is a great way for us to give something back to the Pendle residents who recycle their garden waste through our collections.

“Last year’s Big Heap compost giveaway in Colne was a really popular event with plenty of individuals and community groups turning up to claim their free bags of compost.

“My advice to anyone who wants some free compost is to come to the Goitside car park as soon as they can after 11am on Wednesday 20 May.”

The free compost will be available for collection between 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 20 May – or until all the compost has been taken if that’s sooner.

Bring a bag to put your compost in and be aware that there’s a limit of two bags of compost per person.

For more information in advance of the event, contact the Council’s Waste, Refuse & Recycling department on (01282) 661743 or

For more information about recycling in Pendle, visit

Global Renewables operate two waste processing facilities on behalf of Lancashire & Blackpool councils. The green waste compost produced has been PAS 100 & CQP Certified by the Association for Organics Recycling, AFOR. The specification was prepared and published by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and built on the existing AFOR ‘Standards for Compost’ scheme.

Media opportunity

Local media photographers are welcome to go along to The Big Heap on the Goitside car park in Nelson on Wednesday 20 May from 11am. For the best shots – with the most compost! – it would be advisable to get there around 11am.