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Home composting

Compost bins

The Hertfordshire WasteAware Partnership offers advice on home composting, including how to make and manage your own compost heap.

You can buy a home composter from

Compost these...

  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • teabags
  • cardboard egg boxes
  • grass cuttings
  • hedge trimmings
  • hair
  • rotten fruit and vegetables
  • shredded paper

...and keep these out

  • meat (place in your brown bin)
  • dairy products (place in your brown bin)
  • plate scrapings (place in your brown bin)
  • diseased plants (place in your brown bin)
  • cooked foods (place in your brown bin)
  • glass (place in your grey mixed recycling bin)
  • metals (place tins, cans and aerosols in your grey mixed recycling bin)
  • animal litter (place in your purple refuse bin)

Benefits of home composting

  • saves money - no need to buy compost again!
  • protects the environment by reducing waste going to landfill. Organic waste produces methane at landfill sites, which contributes to climate change. Home compost also replaces peat products, which are dug from important ecological sites
  • provides an excellent soil conditioner, adding organic matter and nutrients to improve poor soils
  • helps maintain healthy plant growth, suppressing plant diseases and pests while improving the microbial and worm population of the soil


If you have no bare soil to place a composter on, why not get a wormery? It is a great way to involve your children in composting as they love to look at the worms chomping through the fruit and vegetable peelings!

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