Welcome to our special composting edition of Green Kids. Weʼve gone underground to ﬁnd out all about the mysterious world of worms, what they eat and why itʼs a good idea to make your own compost. Try out our cool Worms and Sticks game and why not enter our competitions to win books and more?
Contents: 3 Make your own compost 4 Worms and Sticks game 6 Green Kids corner 7 Colouring competition 8 Puzzles and jokes
Composting is a great way o f recycling. Rou ghly 11 millio n tonnes of org anic material (like vegetable pee lings, tea bag s and food scra ps) are produ ced each year by homes in the UK, and most of it ends buried in landﬁll sites. R otting in land ﬁll these organic materials give off methane, a g reenhouse ga s that causes global warming, and Up to 30% of our also a black li quid called waste is green stuff, ʻleachateʼ, wh ich can which can be turned pollute water supplies. into compost.
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Editor Melissa Corkhill Design Jez Harris. Green Kids is printed on recycled paper using vegetable based inks. To write to us:
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Tel: 01825 872858 Website: www.thegreenparent.co.uk Many thanks to Recyclenowpartners.org.uk of the Waste and Resources Action Programme
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Guinea pig and rabbit droppings can be added to your compost. They eat grass and weeds and convert them into prime compost material!
Where to compost
The best place to put a compost bin is in a sunny, well drained area, out of the wind. Place it on bare soil and not on paving or decking. Compost bins can be homemade, using old wooden pallets, or even a stack of car tyres.
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Because it is an alternative to peat, the use of compost can also help to prevent damage to the peat bogs which are vitally important homes for lots of different wildlife. So letʼs get composting!
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Send us your letters, poems and drawings to the address on page 2 and you could win this fab recycling game – Whatʼs Rubbish from Orchard Games. Players collect the different sorts of rubbish to put in the bins but watch out for the litterbug in this exciting game. Suitable for ages 5 to 10. Available from Orchard Toys www.orchardtoys.com or tel: 01953 423422. Closing date: 30th April 2007.