Home Composting

05/05/17 - Composting Leaves: How to Achieve Fast Leaf Decay  Leaf composting is one of the smartest things you can do for your garden.

29/05/15 - Sow, Grow, Repeat (41 mins) Alys Fowler and Jane Perrone talking about making compost in this Guardian Gardens podcast. They talk to America's longest running garden columnist Jeff Lowenfels, author of Teaming with Microbes, and master composter Emma Cooper.

You can buy a home compost bin at a discount by calling 0844 5714444 or visit the WODC home composting webpage or the OCC home composting webpage.

If you make your own compost then you'll find the WODC food waste bin useful for things that you can't compost at home:

  • Cooked food
  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Bones

You'll also be pleased that you can compost things that can't go in your food waste bin and would otherwise have to go in your light grey bin for incineration:

  • Feathers (wet them first)
  • Hair
  • Lint from tumble drier (ONLY if clothes are natural fibres)
  • Natural corks (break these up as they take a while to break down)
  • String made from natural fibres (please cut into small pieces):
  • Tissues - even if you've blown your nose on them!
  • Tissue and crepe paper
  • Vacuum cleaner contents (ONLY if natural fibre carpets)

If you have any questions about composting you might find an answer on the Recycle Now FAQ webpage.

Information about wormeries and top tips can be found on the Envocare website. If you have a wormery  you will have a liquid  to dispose of regularly so that the worms don't drown - this is a strong plant fertiliser - so dilute it first 10:1 and then use it to water house or garden plants.