Composting your waste at home

Home composting is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of your household, which is good for the environment!

It 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. Compost improves your soil's condition and your plants and flowers will love it!

Composting needs a number of different items to get the mix right. Aim for a balance of 50% greens and 50% browns in your compost bin.

Greens are quick to rot and provide important nitrogen and moisture, such as: fruit and vegetable peelings and pulp, grass cuttings, pet bedding, egg shells, plants, weeds and prunings.

Browns are slower to rot, provide carbon & fibre and allow air pockets to form, such as: paper and cardboard, autumn leaves, straw, kitchen roll, vacuum cleaner contents, hair, thorny prunings.

Items to keep out are bread, cat litter, nappies, dairy products, meat or fish or plastic bags.

South Kesteven works with other district councils and with Lincolnshire County Council to subsidise the cost of home composters. Composters are available through the Get Composting scheme with discounts for multi-buys.

Buy a home composter

The Recycle Now website provides information on composting and how to use your compost.