PROVING he's as 'rotten' as the rest of them, Halton MP Derek Twigg has invested in a compost bin to add to the borough's latest recycling scheme.
As people are urged to go green and dump their waste in a compost heap, Halton Borough Council is leading the way with the launch of its Everyone Loves a Rotter! campaign.
The recycling strategy works by delivering compost bins at a cut-down price - providing householders with the opportunity to back-up their green bins, when recycling organic waste.
And the name of the scheme is the brainchild of Mr Twigg, who teamed up with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to encourage people to do their bit.
More than 4,000 compost bins have been made available to homes across Halton, and it is estimated their effects will save 25% of waste in landfill tips.
The scheme started in 22 pilot areas across England and Wales, but has been rolled out across Halton to compliment other recycling strategies.
Mr Twigg said: 'Up to 40% of the rubbish we throw away can be composted and it's one of the single, most effective actions that can be taken to minimise waste.'
The council fears that if people fail to do their bit and take part in recycling, it will be hit by heavy penalties levying heavy costs on the Council Tax-payer. 'If we don't meet all our set targets then it would inevitably lead to an increase in the amount of Council Tax people have to pay, but the measures being introduced to encourage people to recycle are very positive.
'A lot of people are taking it up, and there's the green bins in use as well as the compost bins that are all making a difference.
'As a member of Parliament I am also in favour of getting schools involved in the project as much as possible, but also introducing the different bins into public areas such as sports centres.'
Although it is the duty of the school's headteacher to approach Halton council with a view to recycling, many are considering taking up the composting initiative, and a number of free bins have already been given out.
Mark Worrall, a Year 10 pupil at The Heath Comprehensive, said: 'There is a wide range of recycling opportunities in school which should act as an ideal starting point to reuse everything from paper, to rubbish left over from lunch.
'I feel that schools could be an excellent recycling point, as it would not only be helping the environment but it will be educating pupils for further life.
'The council seems very optimistic about giving their full backing towards the schools becoming more involved in their environment, but also in making Halton a more environmentally friendly place.'
Pupil Laura Lacey added: 'I think it's great what they're doing - by reducing the amount of organic landfill waste being deposited, it shows that they are looking out for the environment and are doing their best to preserve it.' Compost bins are available via the WRAP order line on 0845 600 0323.