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Why Compost?

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It's easy to make and use.

Getting a good mix

Many first time composters will make the mistake of putting too many "greens" in their compost bin. To make a good quality compost you will want a good balance of "greens" and "browns" in your compost bin. "Greens" include grass cuttings, cut flowers, citrus peels and various plants while "browns" include egg shells, cardboard and straw. For a full list of "greens" and "browns" along with what is not compostable, click here.

Where to place your compost bin

The best place for your compost bin in a reasonably sunny site on bare soil. If you have to put your compost bin on concrete, tarmac or patio slabs ensure there’s a layer of paper and twigs or existing compost on the bottom. Choose a place where you can easily add ingredients to the bin and get the compost out.

More detailed information and advice can be found on the Recycle Now site located here.

To find out more, including how to get a reduced price compost bin, visit Recycle for Gloucestershire.