Home Composting

Home Composting

Master Composters

Community Composting 

Take advantage of our special offers to Get Composting in 2017! 

There's never been a better time to give composting a go. New for 2017 - the councils of the Suffolk Waste Partnership have launched a great new scheme which gives Suffolk residents the chance to buy home composting bins for under £9 each!

Through the scheme a range of heavily subsidised items can be purchased, which can help people to compost both their garden and kitchen wastes at home. This includes the opportunity to buy a 220 litre compost bin for £8.99 or a 330 litre bin for only £9.99 – 50% off their normal price. To make life even better, if residents buy one compost bin they can get another of the same size for half price!

The scheme also includes subsidies on several composting systems which can deal with some cooked food waste. For more advice on how to reduce your food waste visit the Make Food Waste History page and watch our video.

To find out about all our current offers on home composting bins, wormeries, food waste digesters and hot compost bins click on the offer leaflet, visit 
www.suffolk.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 4444 quoting SUF 17L.

Why compost?

Did you know that up to 30% of household rubbish can be composted when combined with organic waste from the garden - instead of going to waste. Whether you are doing it yourself at home, as part of a community project or through a council collection or deposit scheme, composting helps reduce rubbish and is an environmentally friendly way of re-using organic materials and making nutrient-rich soil-improver at the end of it! 

When organic matter is buried in a landfill site, the airless conditions prevent natural composting processes. The materials ferment, producing both toxic liquids, that can pollute nearby groundwater, and methane - a flammable greenhouse gas which is over 20 times stronger than Carbon Dioxide. So by turning our own organic waste into compost we are not only dealing with our own waste and enhancing our gardens, but we are also reducing environmental problems caused by disposal of waste.

How do I compost at home?

It's easy to get started - there are many types of compost bins and other composting systems available to buy (see above for NEW offers for Suffolk residents) or why not make a simple compost bin yourself? Check out the Composting Factsheets links on the left for details of how to build a wooden composter or to find out more about other ways to deal with organic food waste at home.

What can go in the compost bin?

YES: Tea bags, grass cuttings, vegetable peelings, salad leaves, fruit scraps, old flowers & nettles, coffee grounds, filter paper, rhubarb leaves, young annual leaves, crushed eggshells, egg & cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard, scrunched up newspaper, toilet & kitchen roll inner tubes, garden prunings, dry leaves, twigs, hedge clippings, straw, hay, bedding from vegetarian animals, ashes from wood or paper or lumpwood charcoal, sawdust, wood chippings, wool, woody clippings, natural fibre threads & string, feathers, vacuum bag contents, old natural fibre clothes (cut into small pieces), tissues, paper towels, paper napkins, shredded documents and corn cobs & stalks.
NO: Bones, bread, cat litter, cling film, coal ash, cooked food (specialist systems only), crisp packets, dairy products, disposable nappies, dog poo, drink cans, drink cartons, foam packaging, glass, meat & fish scraps, plastic bags, plastic bottles, stones, tins & cans.

For further information and guidance about home composting see: www.homecomposting.org.uk.

Click on icons below to download composting guides & offers:

Guide on how to compost at home Compost Know-How leaflet
Visit the A-Z of Recycling to find out more ways to Reduce, Reuse or Recycle a whole range of everyday items.