Why should be be composting?

If you are a keen gardener or want to do your part to prevent food waste then composting is for you. Composting is essentially the act of breaking down certain natural food and plant waste until it decomposes into an organic substance which then can be mixed in with soil to help encourage plant growth. On average we throw away more than 30% of materials which could be composted but sadly end up on landfill where they take up space and release methane, a greenhouse gas.

Here are some materials that can go in your compost pile. *

  • All plant material from your garden
  • Natural fruit and vegetable kitchen waste
  • Cooked pasta and rice
  • Cardboard (minus any plastic)
  • Tea bags (minus the bag as this might contain plastic)
  • Shredded paper (no glossy paper) 
  • Old bread
  • Stale Crisps and Crackers
  • Used coffee grounds
  • Straw and Hay
  • Leaves
  • Woodchips
  • and much more...

*Always double check what you are putting on your compost. You don’t want to attract unwanted animals and pests into your gardens.

Finding the best way to compost for you is all down to personal preference.

Outdoor compost bin – The easiest solution for those who have gardens. A pre-made bin is affordable and looks aesthetic in the garden. For a more sustainable solution, look for ones which are made from recycled plastic.

Crafting a crate or making a trench - For those keen gardeners out there you might want to build your own composter. Whether you bury your waste or build home made bins, it is all up to you.

Indoor composter - Ideal for those who have small or no garden at all and still want to do their part.  

Finally make sure you do your research on how to get started. This process is all about ratios and once you have nailed that you will be on your way to having healthy soil in no time.


Here are some helpful guides we have found to get you started:

Simplify Gardening.com

Environmental Protection Agency.gov

Learn Earth Easy.com

The Spruce.com

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