Composting your food waste

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Home composting is a good way of reducing biodegradable waste (waste that rots).

Picture of a compost bin

You can put organic waste that we are not able to collect in green waste bins (due to legislation) into a home composting bin. 

Most of this waste would normally go into your refuse, so by making home compost you can reduce waste as well as producing a product that can be used as a soil conditioner in your own garden.

Black tickYou can compost:

fruit and vegetable peelings
tea bags and coffee grounds
crushed egg shells
grass cuttings, prunings, old bedding plants and hedge trimmings
scrunched or shredded paper and soft cardboard
animal hair
garden and pond plants.

black cross  You can’t compost:

cat or dog excrement
meat and fish
dairy products
diseased plants
disposable nappies
shiny card
hard objects.

Buy a Home Compost Bin from just £10 for a 220l or £12 for a 330l (plus £6.99 delivery)

To buy a bin, visit  For advice about home composting, visit the RecycleNow website or telephone the home compost helpline on 0845 600 0323.

Food Waste Digester Bins at reduced price delivered to your door...

A Green Johanna food waste composter retails at £77.99 (rrp £129.99), and the Greencone food waste digester is £71.99 (rrp £109.99).  These prices include delivery.  These are sealed containers that help to reduce waste in your refuse bin as, unlike a normal compost bin, you can place all cooked and uncooked food waste into them. The Green Johanna even produces a compost for your garden.

Orders can be placed on through Cumbria County Council website or, if you would prefer to order by phone or for more information please call Great Green Systems on 0800 013 1304. Price includes delivery direct to your door within 28 days. 

Green johanna food digester imagePicture of a food waste digester (green cone)


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