What To Put In A Compost Bin


  • The compost bin can be filled with kitchen and garden waste.
  • Waste products can be categorised into green and brown waste.
  • Equal amounts of green and brown waste are needed in order to make good compost.

Green Waste

  • Fruit peelings.
  • Vegetable peelings.
  • Tea bags.
  • Coffee grounds.
  • Grass cuttings.
  • Old flowers.
  • Dead plants.
  • Plant prunings.
  • Weeds.
  • Animal manure.

Brown Waste

  • Egg boxes.
  • Scrunched up paper.
  • Paper towels.
  • Paper bags.
  • Newspaper.
  • Cardboard.
  • Leaves.
  • Hedge clippings.
  • Sawdust.
  • Eggshells.
  • Old straw and hay.
  • Guinea pig, gerbil, rabbit and hamster bedding.
  • Old cotton.
  • Linen rags.

Do Not Compost The Following Waste

  • Meat.
  • Fish.
  • Cooked food.
  • Sandwiches.
  • Cooked vegetables.
  • Dairy products.
  • Diseased plants.
  • Thorny prunings.
  • Perennial weed roots.
  • Weed seed heads.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Tin cans.
  • Drink cartons.
  • Plastic bottles.
  • Disposable nappies.
  • Cat litter.
  • Dog excrement.
  • Glossy magazines.
  • Bones.
  • Straws.

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