Composting at home
Reduce your waste by a third
Vegetable peelings, prunings, paper and a list of other things from your kitchen and garden will decompose easily and naturally in a compost bin, leaving you less waste to bag up and put out for collection and further processing.
About a third of your waste can be composted at home, saving energy and resources and benefiting your garden and your pocket.
In your compost bin this biodegradable waste can be broken down into convenient, free compost very easily by useful insects and micro-organisms – but if this waste reaches a landfill site, mixed with and buried under other rubbish, little air would be available to support the micro-organisms that could have flourished in your compost bin.
Where can I get a compost bin?
Most local authorities provide discounted bins. Contact your council for more information.
How do I start?
Put a compost bin anywhere that is convenient, perhaps easily accessible from the kitchen, and start filling it.
Tips - Location:
A compost heap is best sited on soil (worms and creepy crawlies will find it easily) but will work on concrete, providing there is some drainage.
Keep a handy container in the kitchen for your kitchen waste, to reduce the amount of trips you take to the bin.
What should I put into my bin?
Your bin needs a mix of things that rot at different speeds – no sorting required.
What Shouldn’t I Compost
Raw vegetable peelings
Cooked/ processed food
Cat/dog (carnoviare) litter/poo
Grass clippings (not too many at once)
Root of perennial weeds (dandelions, ground elder, bindweed, couch, docks)
Teabags and coffee grounds
Animal (herbivore) manure e.g. hamster/guinea pig
Loo/kitchen roll centres
Tips – the mix: