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What goes in my bin?

It’s all about getting the mix right, compostable materials fall into two categories:

Greens

  • Weeds
  • Fruit & Veg Peelings
  • Unused Fruit & Veg
  • Teabags
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Hedge Clippings
  • Urine
  • Manure

Greens for your compost

Browns

  • Dead Leaves
  • Crumpled Cardboard & Paper
  • Egg Shells
  • Loo/Kitchen Roll Tubes
  • Cardboard Egg Boxes
  • Woody Prunings
  • Plant Stems & Twigs
  • Wood Chippings
  • Sawdust
  • Hay

Browns for your compost

You need roughly a 50:50 balance of the above, too much moisture and the heap can stagnate and become smelly, too dry and it is slow to break down.   Materials need to be wet but with plenty of air pockets, crumpled cardboard can help trap air in the heap.

Cooked food and meat waste should be kept out of the heap as they may attract rodents.  For the same reason do not include any pet waste or natural bedding, unless your animal has a vegetarian diet.

Page updated on: 03/05/2016

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