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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
  • 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 in the External Links section of this page.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Click to expandCan I have an extra brown bin?

No, the brown bin is not intended for residents to start producing extra garden waste but to separate garden waste already produced and make it easy to recycle. If you have extra garden waste that you can't fit in your bin you can home compost it or take it to your nearest household waste recycling site.

Click to expandWhy can't I put food waste in my brown bin?

Only garden waste can be put into your brown bin. Please do not put food waste into your brown bin because of the 'Animal By-products Orders'.  Food waste needs to be composted under very strict conditions that make sure harmful bacteria are killed off to stop the spread of disease.

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