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Why compost?

Composting is nature’s own way of recycling. By converting your kitchen and garden waste into compost you reduce the amount of material sent to landfill and also cut the amount of methane and carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere – significant greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

One of the best ways to reduce the amount of waste we produce every year is by composting your organic waste – research shows that a third of the contents of the average bin can be composted!

What can I compost?

A lot of people think that garden waste is the only thing that you can put into your compost bin. But there are actually loads more everyday organic waste items from your home and garden that you can add to enrich your compost. Things you CAN add to your compost bin include:


Old flowers
Fruit scraps
Coffee grounds & filter paper
Spent bedding plants
Comfrey leaves
Rhubarb leaves
Young annual weeds
Pond algae & seaweed


Egg shells
Egg boxes
Cereal boxes
Corrugated cardboard packaging
Toilet & kitchen roll tubes
Garden prunings
Dry leaves
Hedge clippings
Straw & hay
Bedding from vegetarian pets
Ashes from wood
Paper or lumpwood charcoal
Woody clippings
Cotton threads
String (made from natural fibres)
Tumble dryer lint (from natural fibre clothes)
Old natural fibre clothes (e.g. wool)
Vacuum bag contents
Tissues, paper towels & napkins
Shredded confidential documents
Corn cobs & stalks
Pine needles & cones