Find out how to reduce your kitchen and garden waste by composting it.
You can significantly reduce your household waste by buying the right composting bin and following some simple steps. We have a special discount on composters through our partner, Great Green Systems external link.
Quality compost can be excellent for your garden or house plants and help the environment too.
Types of composter
Food waste composter
Food waste composters include the Green Johanna and the Green Cone. These help you compost all kinds of waste food, including cooked food, meat and fish. It can take three months to create good quality compost.
Standard garden composter
This helps you compost garden waste, vegetable peelings, egg shells and teabags. It can take six to twelve months to create good quality compost.
There are several composters available to buy through our partner supplier
Great Green Systems external link.
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Creating quality compost
Place your bin
It’s best to put your bin on a level, well drained spot. This lets excess water drain out and makes it easier for worms to get in and break down the waste.
Putting your bin in a sunny spot can help speed up composting. You can start composting at any time of the year, but it works better in summer months.
Making good compost
To make good quality compost you need a good mix of greens, such as vegetable peelings, teabags and grass trimmings, and browns such as cardboard and fallen leaves. If your compost is too wet, add more browns. If it’s too dry, add some greens.
Using your compost
Spreading the finished compost into your flowerbeds greatly improves soil quality by helping it keep moisture and avoid weeds. Composting is the easiest way to make your garden grow more beautiful and reduce your waste.
What to include
- vegetable and fruit peelings
- torn up toilet roll tubes
- egg boxes
- cereal boxes
- grass cuttings
- fallen leaves
- soft prunings
- old flowers
- cooked food (food waste composters only)
- meat or fish (food waste composters only)
Further hints and tips
For more information about composting see
Recycle Now and
Garden Organic websites.