Home composting your garden and kitchen waste is a simple way to reduce what we send to landfill and make a great soil conditioner for your garden.
About 25% of domestic waste is made up of organic kitchen or garden waste, and every year approximately 5 million tonnes of this material is dumped in landfill. Apart from taking up space, this also leads to the production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which can contribute to climate change, and can cause water pollution.
What can be home composted?
Compost at home
- Grass cuttings
- Vegetable peelings
- Fruit scraps
- Tea bags
- Old flowers
- Spent bedding plants
- Young annual weeds
- Garden prunings
- Dry leaves, twigs and hedge clippings
- Straw and hay
- Bedding from pets, provided they do not eat meat
- Newspaper (scrunched up)
- Cereal and egg boxes (ripped up)
- Egg shells (crushed)
What cannot be home composted?
- Meat and fish remains (these can be put into your brown food and garden waste bin)
- Cat/dog faeces
- Cooked food (these can be put into your brown food and garden waste bin)
- Problem weeds (couch grass, ground elder etc)
- General household waste
Please note: home composting is not to be confused with the brown bin mixed food and garden waste service.
How you can access the service:
We do not provide home composters. However, there is currently an offer open to Oxfordshire residents where you can get a home composter for a discounted price by visiting the link to the right - Get composting.
- [PDF] Composter offer (493kb)