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Home Composting

Approximately 30% of the contents of your bin are kitchen scraps and garden waste, which are organic materials and can be turned into compost for your garden.

What can I compost?

Here's some information about what you can add to your bin to make the best compost. Aim for a balance of 50% greens and 50% browns in your compost bin to get the right mix.


Quick to rot and provide important nitrogen and moisture.

  • Animal manure with straw
  • Annual weeds
  • Bindweed
  • Bracken
  • Brussels sprout stalk
  • Carrot tops
  • Citrus peel
  • Coffee grounds
  • Comfrey leaves
  • Cut flowers
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Fruit peelings and pulp
  • Fruit seeds
  • Grass mowings
  • Hay
  • Hedge clippings
  • House plants
  • Ivy leaves
  • Nettles
  • Old bedding plants
  • Perennial weeds
  • Poisonous plants
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Seaweed
  • Soft prunings and plant debris
  • Tea leaves and bags
  • Urine
  • Vegetable peelings and pulp


Slower to rot, provide carbon & fibre and allow air pockets to form.

  • Autumn leaves
  • Cardboard
  • Christmas tree
  • Corn starch liners
  • Cotton towels
  • Cotton wool
  • Egg boxes
  • Egg shells
  • Evergreen prunings
  • Hair
  • Natural corks
  • Nuts
  • Paper bags
  • Privet
  • Straw
  • Sweetcorn cobs
  • Thorny prunings
  • Tomato plants
  • Used kitchen paper
  • Vacuum cleaner contents
  • Wood ash
  • Wool

Keep this out!

Certain things should never be placed in your bin.

  • Bones – may attract pests
  • Bread – may attract pests
  • Cans – will not degrade
  • Cat litter – may contain disease
  • Cigarette ends – chemicals may be released into the compost
  • Cling film – will not degrade
  • Coal ash – contaminants may cause damage to plants
  • Crisp packets – will not degrade
  • Dairy products – may attract pests
  • Disposable nappies – health risk
  • Dog faeces – may contain disease
  • Dog food – may attract pests
  • Drink cartons – will not degrade
  • Meat and fish scraps – may attract pests
  • Olive oil – may attract pests
  • Plastic bags – will not degrade
  • Plastic bottles – will not degrade
  • Soiled tissues – may be a health risk 

The benefits of home composting

  • Composting diverts organic waste from landfill and helps to reduce the build up of green house gasses such as methane.
  • Compost is rich in nutrients and can provide an excellent soil conditioner for your garden. It is free and is a complete fertiliser for all plants and vegetables. It provides basic plant food and a soil conditioner called humus, which improves both soil fertility and structure.
  • Compost can be used instead of harmful fertilisers and peat.

Purchasing a compost bin

We no longer offer a subsidised service. Instead, you can purchase compost bins from garden centres, DIY shops and online retailers.