Compost bins

Introduction to composting

Composting is an inexpensive and natural process that turns biological waste into a nutrient-rich food for your garden.

You can buy compost bins via the Get Composting website, or by phoning 08445 714444. There is a delivery charge, so it's worth buying more than one at the same time if you know you'll need them. They also offer water butts to collect rainwater.

The basics of composting

Biological waste that is suitable for composting is split into two groups:


These decompose quickly and provide important nitrogen and moisture, and include:

  • fruit and vegetable peelings and pulp
  • grass clippings 
  • pet bedding
  • egg shells
  • plants, weeds and prunings.


These decompose slower than greens, provide carbon and fibre, and allow air pockets to form. 

  • Paper and cardboard
  • autumn leaves
  • straw
  • kitchen roll
  • vacuum cleaner contents and hair
  • thorny prunings.

Aim for a balance of 50% greens and 50% browns.

Keep out bread, cat litter, nappies, dairy products, meat, fish, or plastic bags.

For more advice on setting up a compost bin, visit the Recycle Now website.