Composting your food waste

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Wednesday , August , 21 2019
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Home composting is a good way of reducing biodegradable waste (waste that rots).

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.

You 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.

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

Home compost bins are available from just £7.50 (excluding 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

Carlisle City Council in partnership with Cumbria County Council are pleased to be able to offer subsidised Green Cone and Green Johanna food waste digesters for their residents (£15 or £20 per unit, including delivery).  These are sealed containers that help to reduce waste in your refuse bin and the Green Johanna even produces a compost for your garden.

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

Real Christmas tree recycling

Do you need help recycling your real Christmas tree this year? Do you live or work in the CA1, CA2, CA3, CA4 8**, CA5 6**

or CA5 7** postcode area? Hospice at Home is organising a festive fundraising initiative that not only recycles trees after the festive season but will also raise funds for the local charity.

Book your tree collection at and make a donation of your choice to Hospice at Home. On Monday 8 January 2018 the charity team and volunteers will collect the trees and take them to be recycled locally. Just leave the trees in your front garden or outside your property and Hospice at Home will do the rest. For more information please visit

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