Home composting is a great way of saving money and an environmentally-friendly way of reducing your rubbish

Items suitable for home composting:

  • Hedge clippings
  • Weeds
  • Plants, leaves, flowers and twigs
  • Vacuum dust
  • Cardboard egg boxes (torn)
  • Tea bags
  • Straw and hay
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Animal bedding from herbivores


You need a 50:50 balance between fast and slow rotters, examples include:


Compost guideCompost guide
Fast RottersSlow Rotters
Tea bags Twigs
Vegetable/fruit peelings Autumn leaves
Weeds - but not perennials   Egg boxes
Coffee grounds Woody prunings
Flowers   Plant stems
Hedge clippings   Wood shavings
Grass cuttings  Herbivore animal droppings, e.g. rabbits
Fruit peel or leftover raw fruit   Crunched egg shells  

We recommend that you use our kitchen waste recycling service for items such as cooked food, fish and meat.