Find out how home composting can turn your kitchen and garden waste into food for your garden.

Using compost on your garden will improve the condition of the soil and your plants and flowers will love it!

You can take advantage of the special offers available on compost bins from Recycle for Hampshire.

Top tips for home composting

Position your composter in a sunny spot on bare soil, not on concrete or decking.

Have a food caddy in your kitchen to remind you about composting every day.

What you can put in your compost bin

To make the best compost, you need a good mix of greens and browns. Try to add equal layers of greens and browns and chop chunky items into small pieces.


  • Grass cuttings
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Leaves
  • Spent bedding plants
  • Old flowers
  • Nettles
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Pond algae and seaweed


  • Egg shells
  • Fallen leaves
  • Feathers
  • Cardboard - egg boxes, cereal boxes, toilet tubes and corrugated cardboard (scrunched up in small amounts)
  • Paper - shredded confidential documents and newspaper (scrunched)
  • Corn cobs and stalks
  • String
  • Rabbit and guinea pig bedding

No thanks

These items cannot be composted:

  • Meat or any material prepared with meat
  • Plate scrapings
  • Fish
  • Cheese
  • Coal ash
  • Dog poo and cat litter

Make sure that your compost is moist, but not too wet. Add water if it's too dry and cover and add dry material if it is too wet.

Keep adding a good mix of green and brown materials. After about nine months, your compost should be ready to use in your garden. It will be dark in colour and have an earthy smell.

Special offers on compost bins

If you want to buy a compost bin, Recycle for Hampshire often has special offers available. You can also buy water butts, kitchen caddies and wormeries. For more information, visit the.Hampshire Get Composting website.

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