Composting your garden cuttings in a compost bin or heap is the best option for the environment and your garden. You can also compost kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings as well as garden cuttings in your home compost bin or heap.
Where can I purchase a compost bin?
Compost bins are widely available from garden centres and DIY stores. However, Gloucestershire residents can benefit from subsidies granted by Gloucestershire County Council to purchase a bin. Simply visit www.gcc.getcomposting.com/ to find out more or call the order line on 0844 571 4444. In addition to traditional compost bins, the site also offers water butts, compost tumblers, wormeries and a wide range of accessories including kitchen waste caddies.
What sort of things can I put in my compost bin?
For your composter to work effectively, you need to feed it with a good mix of 'green' and 'brown' materials:
It will take anything from 6 months to a year for your bin to produce useable compost which will be dark and crumbly in texture and resemble thick, moist soil.
Conventional compost bins should not be used to compost cooked meat, fish or bones.
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