Home composting

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

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

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

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

 

Getting started

We are working with www.getcomposting.com to offer residents a range of home compost bins, wormeries and accessories at special offer prices. 
 
  • Compost bins are £18.50 for 220 litres, or £20.50 for 330 litres.
  • There is a delivery charge of £5.99 per order as there is no collection option available.
  • Why not take advantage of the ‘Buy One Get One Half Price’ offer? You will only have to pay one £5.99 delivery charge for multiple items.
  • Please allow up to 28 days for items to arrive with you.
Please click here to order composting equipment.

Please click here to view our compost leaflet.
Home composting bins should be placed in a reasonably sunny area on bare soil. If this is not possible, ensure that there is a layer of paper and twigs, or existing comport 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 9 - 12 months.

If compost looks lumpy - don’t worry! Lumpy compost is perfectly normal, and it can be used to enrich borders and vegetable patches. If you are unhappy with the consistency of your compost, simply put it back in the bin.

 


What can I put in my compost bin?

You should be sure to include ‘greens’ in your compost bin, they are quick to rot and provide moisture and oxygen.

You should also include ‘browns’, which provide fibre and carbon, as well as allowing air pockets to form in the compost mixture.

 

Greens

Browns

Tea leaves and teabags (some teabags contain plastic- please avoid composting these ones) 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
 
Please do not 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
  • Perennial weeds (such as dandelions and thistles)
  • Plastic, glass, and metals
These items will encourage unwanted pests and create odour. Items like plastic, glass, and metals can be recycled.