Home Composting

Home composting is the most environmentally friendly way to recycle much of your food and garden waste. It can help to reduce the amount of waste in your black rubbish sack by up to a quarter.

Buy a home compost bin

We are part of a Hampshire-wide scheme that promotes home composting.

If you live in New Forest, you can buy a reduced-price compost bin online. Use the online form below and enter your postcode for the discount to be automatically applied.

What to compost

There are plenty of materials around the kitchen and garden that can go into your compost bin.

The table below gives a quick guide to some of the food and garden waste you can put in your compost bin, and the types of waste you should keep out.

Waste you can and cannot put in your compost bin
Put in compost binKeep out of compost bin
Fruit and vegetable peelingsMeat, fish and bones
Egg shellsDairy products
Spent flowers and plantsProcessed foods such as pasta and bread
Tea bags, coffee grounds and filter paper Any cooked food
Grass cuttings and nettlesDog and cat litter or faeces
Hedge trimmingsLarge branches
Leaves and twigsNappies
Shredded paper and cardMetals, glass or plastic
Rabbit and guinea pig beddingInvasive plants such as Japanese Knotweed or ragwort

The materials above can be composted all year round. They will take roughly nine months to break down into a very dark, crumbly soil conditioner that you can use round the garden.

Further information

If you have too much garden waste for your home compost bin, you can take it to the tip or subscribe to our garden waste collection service.

For information about home composting to help you get started, visit the Smart Living and Recyclenow websites.

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