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Welcome to the composting section, remember even a small effort by everyone can make a big difference.

Did you know that there are around 1 thousand million microscopic organisms in every teaspoon of compost?

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COMPOSTING - Getting Started
  • Choose a site with care. Ideally, it should be warm and sheltered.
  • Consider neighbours by siting the heap or bin away from any areas that are too close and could cause offence.
  • To work properly, your compost heap should be at least 1m high x 1m wide x 1m deep.
  • Start with a layer of coarsely chopped twiggy woody material on bare soil or grass.
  • Add alternate layers of green matter (nitrogen rich) and brown matter (carbon rich) preferably in layers no more than 5-10cm deep (see list on page 5 of the Composting guide).
  • Limit all materials, including grass clippings, to thin layers.
  • If you can’t be bothered layering, just make sure there is a mixture of green and brown matter.
  • Avoid cat/ dog/ human faeces, meat, fish, bones, oil and invasive weeds.
  • Smaller pieces make quicker compost – for quick compost, fibrous materials should be no bigger than the thickness of your finger (2cm).
  • The heap should have a cover, eg, plastic lid, rinsed underfelt, tarpaulin.
  • Be aware that it is difficult to manage rodents if a compost heap is used.
  • Rodents can be kept out of compost bins by cutting out a piece of chicken wire larger than the base of the bin. Place it underneath the bin on the soil and fold the edges 10cm up the sides of the bin.
When adding food scraps, it’s especially useful to add an equal quantity of brown material on top such as dry leaves to reduce odours.