Home composting

Compost bin example

It’s easy to recycle your garden waste at home by composting it. A compost bin can also be used to recycle some of your food waste, including tea bags and fruit and vegetable peelings. Over time, this inexpensive and natural process will break down your waste and become a rich soil improver for your garden. Compost can be used for pot plants, flower beds, vegetable patches and even lawns.

Find out more and buy compost bins at a discounted rate on the Hertfordshire WasteAware website.

Benefits of composting

  • Saves money - no need to buy compost again
  • Reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Home compost also reduces the dependence on peat products, which are dug from important ecological sites
  • Provides an excellent soil conditioner, adding organic matter and nutrients to improve poor soils
  • Helps maintain healthy plant growth, suppressing plant diseases and pests while improving the microbial and worm population of the soil.

What can be composted?

To get the best compost it is best to add an equal mixture of "greens" and "browns".

  • Greens are wet items such as tea bags, vegetable peelings, grass and fruit.
  • Browns are dry items such as leaves, dead plants, cardboard and paper.

More information on composting is available on the Recycle Now website or the Hertfordshire WasteAware Partnership website.

What are the alternatives?

If you choose not to compost at home, please continue to recycle your food waste in your food waste caddy. Remember, unlike a home composter your kerbside food waste collection is for all food waste including meat, cooked vegetables and plate scraps.

If you wish to recycle your garden waste in your green-lidded bin, you can sign up to our Garden Waste Subscription Service at an annual cost of £45 per bin.

Biodegradable plastic

Compostable and biodegradable plastics come in many different varieties - not all of these can be put in your home composter. Only put compostable or biodegradable plastics in your home composting bin if they have the following symbols:

Three home compostable logos to look out for when adding biodegradable plastics

If they do not have these symbols, please make sure to place them in your grey bin.

Please note: no compostable plastics are accepted in your green-lidded bin. For more information, please visit the Hertfordshire WasteAware biodegradable plastics page.

Free compost bin for schools

Every school in Hertfordshire is entitled two free compost bins. Email wasteaware@hertfordshire.gov.uk to order.

Compost giveaways

Each year, we host compost giveaway events for Dacorum residents at Cupid Green Depot, usually in May. At our latest event in May 2024, we gave away around 500 bags of compost and 300 packets of wildflower seeds. This will help to condition the soil across the borough, improve healthy plant growth and help attract pollinators to our gardens.

If you collected some compost and seeds at the giveaway, we'd love it if you could send us photos of what you've grown to climate.action@dacorum.gov.uk

Page Last Updated: Monday, 20 May 2024 at 01:09 PM