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Why consider community composting in your neighbourhood?

Community compost schemes enable the local community to be managers of the organic waste they are producing in an environmentally-responsible, not-for-profit and locally-owned basis. It is a 'closed-loop' recycling system - green waste is produced, processed and re-used in the area where it came from. Many communities see their schemes as an essential part of working towards a zero waste and low carbon community.

Suffolk County Council is keen to encourage parishes and communities to look at the possibilities of establishing schemes and will support their development by supplying advice, information and sources of funding, where available and appropriate.

The information contained in the PDF documents below aims to support those looking to explore the potential of community composting schemes by highlighting their many benefits, considering the practical requirements of setting up and maintaining a scheme and by providing resources to enable communities to develop local composting projects. More fact sheets on community composting will be added over time so please keep revisiting this page and get in touch with the Waste Team (details below) if your community is considering setting up a scheme - we will be pleased to hear from you!

Craig Renton (Suffolk County Council Waste Advisor) on 01473 264795 or

Norfolk and Suffolk Community Composting Network (N&SCCN)

Are you interested in setting a community composting project in your area? Would you like to find out more from existing community composters?  

N&SCCN is an informal group of existing and hopeful community composters with the aim of sharing experience and expertise in community composting between the two counties. By registering members will receive a regular newsletter, admin support from Norfolk/ Suffolk County Councils, and early notification of any upcoming events.

If you are interested in signing-up to the Norfolk & Suffolk Community Composting Network please download complete and return the Network Agreement Form to:
Craig Renton
Waste Management
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road

Further sources of help for Community Composting

Community Composting Network (CCN)

Community Composting Network (CCN) is the UK-wide organisation that supports and promotes community groups, social enterprises and individuals which are involved in producing compost from green/food waste and using it in their local communities. CCN does this in a number of ways including:

  • providing information and support to new and existing community composting projects;
  • promoting community composting at a national level, both to government bodies and the general public;
  • networking with over 230 members through a quarterly newsletter, website, forum, e-mail news list, annual conference and training events;
  • putting new groups in touch with experienced composters; and
  • creating publications and resources such as 'The Guide to Community Composting'

67 Alexandra Rd
S2 3EE  Telephone: 0114 2580483

Devon Community Composting Network

Devon has a long-established network of more than 20 community composting projects of varying sizes and approaches. Their website contains useful case studies of local member schemes with contact details for all.

Devon Community Composting Network
c/o Nicky Scott
Proper Job,
Crannafords Industrial Park,
Market Field,
TQ13 8DR

Telephone: 01647 433148
Website -

Community Composting Information Sheets:

'What is a Community Composting Scheme?’

'How to Set up a Community Composting Scheme'