Composting 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.Did you know that composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually or your washing machine produces in three months?
The compost you make is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil's PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and it will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil's condition and your plants and flowers will love it!Getting StartedCompost bins
- We have some great offers on compost bins to help get you started. As part of the Recycle for Buckinghamshire partnership home compost bins are offered at a significantly reduced price starting from as little as £16.98.
or call 0844 571 4444 for more information. Knowledge and know how
- The Buckinghamshire network of Master Composters
can provide advice and assistance to those who prefer a little local knowledge or a helping hand. Become a Master Composter yourself and receive training in techniques for successful home composting and related environmental issues. No previous experience of gardening or composting is required - just enthusiasm and an interest in the issue. For more information call 01296 387797 or email email@example.com
Alternatively Recycle Now
and Garden Organic
have some great advice and information available online to get you set up.What can be composted?
Research has shown that even for those who compost almost half the food waste in their bin could be composted!
| Maybe |
| Fruit and vegetable peelings and left over's || Diseased plants or persistent weeds || Potato/tomato remains |
| Tea leaves and coffee grounds || Coal ash or soot || Sawdust |
| Crushed egg shells || Dog or cat faeces and litter || Woodchips |
| Cotton wool || Used nappies || Shredded newspaper |
| Hedge clippings || Wall paper stripping || Straw |
| Grass cuttings || Clothes and textiles || Bracken |
| Leaves, flowers and non-woody pruning's || Glossy paper || Nettles |
| Small animal droppings and litter || Wood || (These materials will take longer to decompose. Add them only in small quantities for the best results.) |
| Wood ash and shavings, || Glass or plastic || |
| Paper and soft cardboard (ideally shredded) || Cans, tins or aerosols, Lawn mowings that have been sprayed with weedkiller || |
| Contents of vacuum cleaner bags (woollen carpets only) || Medical materials || |
| Egg boxes || Foil or food trays || |
| Torn till receipts || Evergreen clippings || |
For advice on composting call Environment Unit 01895 837333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Recycle for Buckinghamshire call 01296 387797 or email email@example.com
To order discounted compost bins call 08445 714444 or visit www.bucks.getcomposting.com