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Home composting

Composting turns your kitchen and garden waste into a free nutrient rich food for your garden and can be used on the vegetable garden, flower beds or placed around trees to improve soil structure and nutrient content. 

We have teamed up with GetComposting to offer discounted compost bins, with a special offer of buy one, get one half price. Head over to GetComposting and pop in your postcode. You can order online or call 0844 571 4444 and quote reference SWP13L (charges made at the standard cost from a BT landline of 5p per minute, plus setup charge.  Other providers may charge more). 

What can I compost?

Much of our uncooked kitchen waste and garden rubbish can be composted. Aim for a balance of 50% greens and 50% browns in your bin to get the right mix.


  • Uncooked fruit and vegetables
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Grass cuttings
  • Houseplants and flowers
  • Hedge clippings
  • Hay


  • Shredded paper, cardboard or used kitchen paper
  • Finely chopped shrub pruning's
  • Eggshells
  • Leaves
  • Corn starch liners
  • Hair

Do not compost:

  • Cooked food
  • Pernicious weeds (such as bindweed, thistle and dock)
  • Cat and dog litter
  • Fish/meat scraps/bones
  • Plastic bags
  • Magazines

Residents who wish to recycle all of their food waste in the garden, including cooked foods meats, fish and dairy products can consider Food Waste Digesters. Staffordshire residents can obtain a 25% discount on Food Waste Digesters by accessing the Great Green Systems or by typing your postcode into the postcode finder.

Further composting tips and information can be found through the recycle now website

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