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Waste Free- Home Composting

Home Composting turns your garden and kitchen waste into a useful soil enhancer for your garden and reduces the volume of waste in your household bins.

Compost Heap - Garden Waste
Home composting is a great way to keep your garden clippings and your kitchen food waste out of the bin. You can put in all sorts including garden clippings, flowers, fruit peelings, eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds, ripped up cardboard, tissues.

Compost bins can be purchased from DIY stores for around £30 or you could always make your own from pallets, an old plastic box or even just set a side a corner to make a compost pile.



Why composting?

Composting is nature's own way of recycling.  Although for many properties in West Lothian food waste is collected along with garden waste in the brown bin, making compost at home has many benefits for your garden and the environment, such as:

  • By converting your kitchen and garden waste into compost you will reduce the amount of material you're putting into your household bin.

  • The end product contains organic matter which gives similar nutrients to fertilisers due to the natural breakdown of kitchen and garden waste therefore providing plants, soil and turf with an effective natural feed. In addition, it has a unique composition, which allows the soil or turf to hold moisture for longer therefore requiring less water.

  • As a bonus, by producing less landfill waste you will also cut the amount of methane and carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere - significant greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.


What Can I Compost?

Kitchen/household waste

Do Compost:
Compost Heap - Food Waste
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings/scraps
  • Tea leaves/bags and coffee grounds                                        
  • Egg shells and boxes (not plastic packaging)
  • Paper items which can include scrunched up cardboard, egg boxes, toilet roll tubes, cereal boxes, newspaper, tissues, napkins and paper towels
  • Wool/wool clothing
  • Vacuum bag contents
Don't Compost:
  • Cooked food
  • Meat, fish and dairy products
  • Coal or coke ash (a small amount of wood ash is okay)
  • Cat or dog waste
  • Nappies, glass, plastic or metal
  • Bread

Garden waste
Grass and hedge cuttings

Do Compost:
  • Cut flowers
  • Nettles                                                                         
  • Garden and house plants
  • Grass cuttings
  • Young annual weeds
  • Shredded twigs
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Pond algae & seaweed
  • Dry leaves
  • Small twigs
    Small branches and twigs, leaves and real Christmas trees
  • Pine needles & cones
  • Feathers
  • Straw and hay
  • Wood chippings and sawdust
  • Hamster or other bedding from vegetarian pets
Don't Compost:
  • Weeds about to seed
  • Diseased plants
  • Large woody items
  • Plants treated with pesticides

Some useful websites for more composting information:

Recycling Centre Compost

Due to a change in the green waste processor, compost will no longer be available to collect at our recycling centres.