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What is Composting?

Composting is nature's way of recycling your kitchen and garden waste. Not only can you save money by not purchasing shop-bought compost, but you can also improve your garden by helping your soil become more fertile. Composting creates organic resources, which is beneficial to the environment.

How to Get Started

  1. Equipment:  The first thing you need to do is either build or purchase a composting bin. You can buy compost bins for a very reasonable price from most good garden centres or online. If you decide to create your own, look at these tips. Visit: Build a Compost Bin - BBC Gardeners World Magazine
  2. Location: The location of your bin depends on your garden and space. It can be on Soil or Concrete (soil is recommended). Putting the bin in a sunny area will speed up the composting process but also work fine in a shaded area. Make sure that your bin is not too close to your house and that it is convenient for you.
  3. Start adding your material; any garden clippings, including grass, can be composted with leftover fruit, vegetables, and a small amount of cardboard or paper. Egg boxes are perfect to use as they allow air pockets into your spaces. - See below for more information

What Can I put in?

Fill it up and give it some time! Try to get a 50/50 mix of greens and browns, as this creates the best compost.

Green Brown 
Fresh Leaves Dead Leaves
Old Flowers and Leaves  Paper, Cardboard and Egg Boxes
Grass and Hedge Clippings  Small Twigs
Fruit Waste  Straw
Vegetable Peelings  Sawdust


How Long Will It Take?

Be patient; It takes around 9-12 months for the composting process to be complete. Remember to keep adding greens and browns to the top of your bin as you go.

How will I know when it's ready?

You'll know when it is ready to use when it turns into a crumbly, dark, earthy material.

Where can I use it?

You can use your compost on flower beds, veggie patches, or hanging baskets!

Can I buy Compost Bins?

Nottingham City Council has partnered with Get Composting, where residents can purchase compost bins at great prices. You will also get a composting guide with each purchase. Visit https://getcomposting.com/en-gb/ to purchase your bin.

Composters for residents

Composters can be purchased locally at most prominent garden centres.

If you want some help getting started, the Council has produced a handy guide to help you get the most out of your composter. This can be viewed by clicking the attachment link below.

Further Information and Links

Contact Us

Waste Collection
Eastcroft Depot
London Road

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