Get composting

Composting is good for your garden, but it is also good for the environment. Over 30 per cent of the average household bin can be composted – that’s nearly 150kg a year, which is about the weight of a baby elephant!

Composting at home is easy, and will give you free, good-quality compost.

The main thing to remember is to balance your 'greens' - which have lots of nitrogen - with your 'browns' - which don’t have much nitrogen - to keep your compost healthy.

We run composting workshops to help residents get the most out of their compostable waste. You can email to find out when the next one is and to see if you can join.

Green compostable items include:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps and peels 
  • Tea bags, coffee grounds and filter paper
  • Crushed eggshells
  • Grass cuttings  limited quantity
  • Young hedge clippings
  • Annual weeds, for example chickweed and speedwell
  • Old flowers and nettles
  • Manure
  • Pond algae.

Brown compostable items include:

  • Gerbil, hamster and rabbit bedding
  • Egg boxes
  • Thin cardboard, paper, ridged cardboard packaging, toilet and kitchen rolls, and newspaper (torn up into small pieces)
  • Dry leaves (small quantities)
  • Garden cuttings
  • Hay Straw
  • Woody twigs and hedge cuttings
  • Ashes from wood, paper and lumpwood charcoal
  • Sawdust and wood chippings
  • Wool, cotton thread and tumble dryer lint
  • Vacuum bag contents
  • Shredded paper.

Please don’t add the following items to your compost bin:

  • Cooked food waste
  • Meat or fish
  • Cat litter or dog waste
  • Glossy magazines
  • Roots of perennial weeds (that is those which return year after year)
  • Diseased plants
  • Plastic, glass or metal