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COMPOSTING AT HOME!

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It's easy to make and use.

Environmental reasons

Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted.

Did you know, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months?

We're often asked "Why do I need to compost when my waste will break down in landfill anyway - and why should I worry when my local council does food waste collections?"

When waste is sent to landfill, air cannot get to the organic waste. Therefore as the waste breaks down it creates a harmful greenhouse gas, methane, which damages the Earth's atmosphere. However, when this same waste is composted above ground at home, oxygen helps the waste to decompose aerobically which means hardly any methane is produced, which is good news for the planet. And what's more, after nine to twelve months, you get a free fertiliser for your garden and plant pots to keep them looking beautiful.

Benefits for your garden

Your compost is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil's pH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and it will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil's condition and your plants and flowers will love it!

MAKING COMPOST

'Greens'

Quick to rot and provide important nitrogen and moisture.

Animal manure with straw

Annual weeds

Bindweed

Bracken

Brussels sprout stalk

Carrot tops

Citrus peel

Coffee grounds

Comfrey leaves

Cut flowers

Deadly Nightshade

Fruit peelings and pulp

Fruit seeds

Grass mowings

Hay

Hedge clippings

House plants

Ivy leaves

Nettles

Old bedding plants

Perennial weeds

Poisonous plants

Rhubarb leaves

Seaweed

Soft prunings and plant debris

Tea leaves and bags

Urine

Vegetable peelings and pulp'

'Browns'

Slower to rot, provide carbon & fibre and allow air pockets to form.
 

Autumn leaves

Cardboard

Christmas tree

Corn starch liners

Cotton towels

Cotton wool

Egg boxes

Egg shells

Evergreen prunings

Hair

Natural corks

Nuts

Paper bags

Privet

Straw

Sweetcorn cobs

Thorny prunings

Tomato plants

Used kitchen paper

Vacuum cleaner contents

Wood ash

Wool

Here's some information about what you can add to your bin to make the best compost. Aim for a balance of 50% greens and 50% browns in your compost bin to get the right mix.

 

Keep this out!

Certain things should never be placed in your bin.
 

Bones

Bread

Cans

Cat litter

Cigarette ends

Cling film

Coal ash

Crisp packets

Dairy products

Disposable nappies

Dog faeces

Dog food

Drink cartons

Meat and fish scraps

Olive oil

Plastic bags

Plastic bottles

Soiled tissues