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Home composting is a great way of getting free compost in your own garden.

At least 30% of household waste can be composted. Many people think that garden waste is the only thing that you can put in your compost bin, but there are actually lots of everyday waste items in your home and garden that you can add to enrich your compost.

What you can compost

  • Tea bags, coffee grounds and filter papers
  • Egg shells and cardboard egg boxes
  • Vegetable and fruit peelings, old flowers
  • Shredded confidential documents
  • Dry leaves, twigs and hedge clippings
  • Bedding from vegetarian pets
  • Grass cuttings
  • Vacuum bag contents

What you can't compost

  • Cooked food
  • Fish
  • Dairy cheese
  • Bread, pastry, cakes
  • Meat
  • Cat litter

Food waste can be put in your grey food waste caddy, other waste such as cat litter should go in the black bin. Find out more on the bin waste advice page.

Water butts

Rainwater collected in water butts can be used in your garden or for washing your car. They save water and can reduce your water bill.