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Home composting

Last Modified October 19, 2015

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At least 30% of your household waste can be composted and you can benefit by composting it yourself at home.

compost binWe have teamed up with Straight Plc to offer subsidised compost bins. They start at £19.98 for a 220ltr compost bin and £22.98 for a 330ltr compost bin - delivery is £5.49. You can order online or call 0844 571 4444. Compost accessories are also available.

Unlike your green bin (for all food waste and garden waste), you should only put certain foods in a compost bin, otherwise it may attract rats. A good mix of wet material (fruit/veg peelings) and dry material (leaves/shredded paper) gives the right balance.

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The following can go in your compost bin:

Yes please

  • animal hair
  • crushed egg shells
  • fruit and vegetable peelings, including apple cores and banana skins
  • grass cuttings, prunings and leaves
  • scrunched up newspaper
  • small amounts of shredded paper and soft cardboard
  • tea bags, coffee grounds
  • vacuum dust (only if you have woollen carpets)


Please do NOT put the following in your compost bin:

No thanks

  • bread/cakes
  • cat or dog faeces
  • cheese
  • dairy
  • disposable nappies
  • fish
  • hard objects
  • meat
  • shiny card


For best results, ensure your compost bin contains some grass cuttings or vegetarian animal manure. They heat up and speed up the composting process. However they should be mixed with other organic waste to avoid slime formation.

It is essential that your compost bin is kept warm and moist. Someone emptying a compost bin

Placing the bin in the sun and out of the wind is therefore preferable.

Ensure you always put the lid on your compost bin and do not let the compost dry out to ensure that air is getting to the centre of the bin, turn the material regularly. This will also speed up the decomposition process.

Your compost is ready for use when the material does not resemble anything that you put in the bin. Collect the compost from the small hatch at the bottom of the bin. The compost can then be spread on the garden where it will act as a fertiliser.

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