Compost your household organic waste

Composting organic household waste is gradually becoming more popular as people discover the fantastic benefits of doing so and realise how relatively simple it is to do. Organic waste in the home, which includes anything from potato peelings, to egg shells, to dinner leftovers, can take up a significant proportion of overall household rubbish which is normally bagged up in a big plastic bag before being sent off to landfill. We are here to encourage you to consider recycling as much of this waste as possible so as to reduce landfill (which cannot go on forever!) and thereby avoid pollution of our environments.

Whilst organic waste will degrade very slowly with time in landfill sites, it will release significant amounts of methane which can cause problems in areas especially where housing is built over covered landfill sites. Methane is also a signifcant greenhouse gas, which means it is likely to have an albeit unpublicised affect on climate change. If you compost your own organic waste you can help reduce both landfill pollution and methane emissions. You'll also benefit in that you can use the nutrient-rich compost for your own home's garden thereby negating any need to buy fertiliser or feed for your plants. Remember composting relies on natural methods of biodegradation so it is an environmentally friendly way of recycling your household's organic waste.

It is easy to compost your household's organic waste and our short guide below should get you up and running. Please note if you do not have a garden then it may be best to recycle this waste by some other means, perhaps using local authority facilties if they are available, or if not campaign for them to be made available!

bullet point Firstly you need to buy a suitable composting bin for your home. We have provided a list here for your perusal.

bullet point Then you must decide where to put your composting bin. Ideally it should be placed on a well draining soil in a fairly sunny location.

why?The sunny location helps to speed up the breakdown/rotting process.

why?The soil location enables worms and other essential garden creepy crawlies to access your bin and help rot your waste.

bullet pointNow you can start adding your organic household waste to your bin. It is important you add the right ingredients however...

these are allowedAdd: peeled fruit and vegetables, fresh fruit and vegeatable remains (in small pieces), crushed egg shells, teabags, bread.

these are allowedAlso add: cut grass, garden leaves, plant cuttings, shredded paper and small pieces of cardboard (eg cut up egg boxes).

these are not allowedDo not include: non-organic stuff that does not rot (such as glass, metal, etc...), cooked food (meat, fish, veg, etc...) = no rats!

these are not allowedNor: dairy produce, diseased plants, animal wastes, fats/oils, and avoid composting weeds which grow easily in your garden!

bullet pointAs you add to your compost bin you must ensure that it is well aerated, you can buy a device for this or use balls of cardboard.

why?Air in your compost aids the rotting process and speeds it up, ensuring very good quality compost for your garden.

bullet pointAs you add to your compost bin you must also ensure that it is moist, but not too wet or it wont decompose very quickly.

why?Water aids decomposition of your waste. If your bin is too dry add some water; if it is too wet, add small, chunky cardboard pieces.

bullet pointDepending on conditions it can take 3-9 months for the compost at the bottom of your bin to be ready for use in your garden.

why?Compost is ready when it is a a very dark brown colour and is spongy too touch. It is nutrient-rich and very good for your plants and vegetable garden!

Note - If you have any comments or suggestions regarding composting please contact us. Thanks!