Home Composting

Composting is good for your garden and the environment

Making compost is a natural way to turn your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. It's easy to make and use. Compost improves your soil's condition and your plants and flowers will love it.

Composting at home is important because it’s one of the few ways in which food waste can be used instead of going to landfill.


Why do I need to compost when my waste will break down in landfill anyway?

When food waste is sent to landfill, air can’t get to the organic waste. As the waste breaks down it creates a harmful greenhouse gas, methane, which damages the Earth's atmosphere.

When this same waste is composted above ground at home, oxygen helps the waste to decompose without creating much methane. Home composting is good news for the planet.


Where can I buy a composter?

Discounted composters and water butts are available to Bournemouth residents from Get Composting or by phoning 0844 571 4444. These composters are available on special offer - 'Buy One Get One Half Price'.  


What can I compost at home

Green Waste

Brown Waste

No thanks

Uncooked fruit and vegetables and their peelings

Paper towels and napkins (but not those that have been used to mop up anything containing meat such as gravy)

Glossy   paper and magazines


Scrunched up cardboard

Cooked   food

Ground coffee

Dry leaves and twigs

Dairy products

Grass cuttings

Non-recyclable paper

Meat,fish or bones

Soft prunings

Straw and hay

Pet poo   and litter

Old bedding plants

Saw dust and wood chippings - sparingly

Fats and   oils

Cut flowers

Corn cobs and stalks

Weeds   gone to seed

Annual weeds

Eggshells – still be visible in finished compost, but add calcium to your soil

Stale   bread


Food Waste Container

Don’t forget, you can put your waste cooked food (including dairy products, meat fish, bones and stale bread) in your Food Waste Container. We’ll take them away and recycle them for you.