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Composting your kitchen and garden waste is easy!

All you need is the right composting bin and a little know how – and you can significantly reduce your household waste and create an excellent soil conditioner for your garden or houseplants.

No garden or small garden? There are indoor composting systems that take all your kitchen waste including meat, and cooked food. Whether you’re interested in indoor or outdoor composting, for more information about the variety of composting bins available, visit Leeds Get Composting.

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See our series of short video clips of star allotment man Mel and his pal Steve from Headingley Station West allotments on setting up your own garden compost bin.

What is compost?

Compost is a dark brown earthy material used in gardens to improve soil, add nutrients and help plants and flowers grow.

Transform your kitchen and garden waste into a useful compost for your garden. The natural composting process rots down kitchen and garden waste to produce compost.

Compost is easy to make and use. Put your compost bin in a reasonably sunny site on bare soil. Put the following in your bin:

Yes please

  • Vegetable and fruit peelings
  • teabags
  • eggshells
  • torn up toilet roll tubes
  • egg boxes
  • cereal boxes
  • paper - especially shredded paper
  • grass cuttings
  • fallen leaves
  • soft prunings
  • old flowers

No thanks

  • Cooked food
  • meat or fish
  • dog waste
  • cat litter
  • nappies
  • no perennial weeds or weeds with seed heads

A mix of kitchen waste, garden waste and paper or cardboard is a good recipe. If your compost is too dry, add a little water. If it is too wet, add some shredded paper, crumpled paper or cardboard. For more information see our Guide on how to compost in the Documents section.

Within 12 months, your compost should become earthy, crumbly and moist with plenty of worms in it. Use it to mulch trees, enrich your borders and vegetable patch, and to add to planters and pots for your flowers and indoor plants.

Special compost bin offer

To help get you started we can offer you some savings on home composting bins.

Order online now through Leeds get composting.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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