Garden waste and home composting

Garden waste and home composting

» Why home compost?

» Claim a subsidised compost bin on-line

» Home composting advice

» Composting at the Reuse and Recycling Centre

» Other options for garden waste


Why home compost?

As a result of a major public consultation with existing and past garden waste service-users, separate garden waste collections have stopped in favour of the much greener solution of home composting. Did you know? Up to 30% of our household waste could be composted. Home composting is an excellent way to reduce the amount of garden and food waste that is sent for incineration.

This year, you can help us save approximately £145 for every tonne of waste diverted from incineration. Your bin will also provide you with a free supply of compost that is great for the garden.

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Claim a subsidised compost bin on-line

Subsidised home compost bins can be ordered on-line from as little as £14. Wormeries and kitchen composters are also available. For full details of the offers or to place an order, visit the Get Composting website (opens in new window).

Delivery is charged at £5.00 per order. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery. Please contact Evengreener, our provider, on 0845 130 60 90 if you have not received your order within one month from the point of order.

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Home composting advice

The Get Composting website (opens in new window) has an excellent step by step guide to home composting, including information on what to put in your bin, how to tell if your compost is ready, how to get your compost out of your bin and how to use your compost.

More home composting advice is available on the Recycle Now website (opens in new window).

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Composting at the Reuse and Recycling Centre

If you have large items that are too big to compost at home (such as tree prunings), there are garden waste recycling facilities at Smugglers Way and Cringle Dock Reuse and Recycling Centres (the tips). For address details, visit the Western Riverside website (opens in new window).

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Other options for garden waste

Each week up to five bags of garden waste can be placed out in sturdy refuse sacks for collection along with ordinary household rubbish. Garden waste must not be placed in the orange Smart Sacks which are only for recycling. If you have large items that are too big to compost (such as tree prunings), or more than five sacks of garden waste, you will need to book a bulky waste collection from the council, for a small charge.  Bulky waste collections can be booked by phoning the Cleaner Greener Helpline on 020 8753 1100 or cleaner.greener@lbhf.gov.uk.

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Page last updated: 12/06/2014