Home composting

Home composting

This page offers information on buying home compost bins, as well as tips and advice on composting at home.

Why start home composting?

This section looks at how you can benefit from home composting.

Home composting is a very cheap, easy and effective way for keen gardeners to be environmentally friendly, help their gardens flourish and save money.

Composting assists in reducing waste and 40% of your household waste can be composted, meaning it saves money on buying compost through retailers.

It also helps improve the condition of your soil, and allows plants and flowers to flourish by suppressing plant disease.

Get started – order your home composting bin

Here you can find out how to get hold of your composting bin.

To get started, the first thing you will need to do is buy a home composting bin.
We are working with getcomposting.com to offer residents a range of home compost bins, wormeries and accessories at special offer prices.

  • Compost bins start from £17.98 for 220 litres, or £19.98 for the 330-litre bin.
  • There will also be a delivery charge of £5.99 per order (sorry, the local collection option is no longer available).
  • Why not take advantage of the 'Buy One Get one half price' offer and pay just the same £5.99 delivery charge.
  • Please allow up to 28 days for items to arrive with you.
  • Order composting equipment online here.

Guide to home composting

Here are some top tips for creating compost at home.

Home composting bins should be placed in a reasonably sunny area on bare soil. If this is not possible, ensure there is a layer of paper and twigs, or existing compost underneath so garden insects can colonise.

Once your compost has turned into a crumbly, dark material and gives off an earthy fresh aroma, you know that it’s ready to use. This usually occurs between nine and 12 months.

Don’t worry if your compost looks a little lumpy – this is perfectly normal. Use it to enrich borders and vegetable patches, patio containers, or feed the lawn. If there are any bits too lumpy to use, simply put it back in the bin.

What to put into your compost bin
Like any recipe, compost relies on the right ingredients to work. Specific things to include are ‘greens’, which are quick to rot and provide moisture and nitrogen.

There are other things you can include that provide fibre and carbon, as well as allowing air pockets to form in the mixture. These are called ‘browns’. Here is a small guide on what features as a green or a brown:
Greens Browns
Teabags Crushed egg shells
Grass cuttings Egg and cereal boxes
Vegetable peelings, salad leaves, fruit scraps Corrugated cardboard and paper (scrunched up)
Old flowers and nettles Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
Coffee grounds and filter paper Tissues, paper towels and napkins
Spent bedding plants Garden prunings
Rhubarb leaves Twigs and hedge clippings
Young annual weeds (e.g. chickweed) Straw and hay
  Bedding from vegetarian pets
  Ashes from wood, paper and lumpwood charcoal
  Sawdust and wood chipping
  Wool, cotton threads and string (natural fibre)
  Woody clippings
  Feathers
  Vacuum bag contents
  Old natural fibre clothes (cut into pieces)
  Shredded documents
  Corn cobs and stalks
 
Things that should never be included in your bins include:
  • cooked vegetables, meats and dairy products –unless they have first been treated with a specialist kitchen composter
  • diseased plants, animal waste or baby nappies
Putting these in your bin encourages unwanted pests and creates odour. Also avoid adding perennial weeds, such as dandelions and thistles, or weeds with seed heads. Remember also that plastics, glass and metals are not suitable for composting and should be recycled separately.
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