Reduce your waste by composting
Composting is one of the best ways to reduce waste and help the environment:
- 20 per cent of all the waste in an average household bin is made up of organic material
- when sent to landfill this organic waste rots and creates harmful greenhouse gases
- much of this organic waste could be diverted from landfill and put to good use elsewhere without causing any environmental damage
- composting is even more environmentally friendly than recycling as no energy is required for transport or in the recycling process - it also provides you with a free product to use in your own garden
Garden composters can be made of various materials including wood, recycled plastic and are used to contain biodegradable waste in your garden. Using a composter can help to prevent odours in your household waste bin, as it takes away many of the items that are likely to smell.
Frequently asked questions about composting
What can I put in my garden composter?
What should I not put in my garden composter?
Where is the best place for my garden composter?
How do I know when the compost is ready?
Do I have to use the green bin if I have a garden composter?
Where do I buy a garden composter?
How can I get more information on how to use a garden composter?
What about cooked food waste or things like meat, fish and dairy products. Is there any way that I can compost these items?
Please note: the council do not provide garden compost bins.
Kitchen composters or 'Bokashi bins' are 18 litre counter top composters which can be used to compost virtually 100 per cent of all kitchen waste, including meat, fish, dairy products and cooked food.
Bokashi bins are widely available from suppliers on the internet, or from gardening and DIY stores.
To find out more about how Bokashi bins work download the kitchen composters document below:
- Kitchen composters
- Download (458KB)
Please note: the council do not provide kitchen compost bins.
Free booklet on composting
PLEASE NOTE Due to the current restrictions imposed to combat Covid 19 we are unable to provide the composting booklet at present. Useful information can be found on the internet by putting 'Composting for Beginners' into any search engine.
To receive a free copy of the Composting for all booklet, contact the Waste and Recycling team on:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- tel: 01302 736000
- Kitchen composters
- Download (458KB - DOC)