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Did you know 20% of the waste in your landfill bin is food and garden waste which could be recycled?

What is a Composter?

Composters are recycled plastic bins for the garden.  Waste deposited in a composter prevents odour you would normally find in your wheelie bin. All composters have a lid and hatch.

Why Compost?

In Tameside 100,000 tonnes of household waste is created every year. That is enough to fill a large football stadium. The majority of this waste is disposed of in landfill sites throughout the country. We are committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill sites and are dependent upon the help and support of our residents.

Did you know that 20% of the average household dustbin is comprised of organic material?

Image - Wheelie BinOrganic waste is biodegradable and when it is buried in landfill sites it rots and produces methane gas. It is not necessary to send organic waste to landfill sites as it can be converted into a useful product through the recycling process. Compost bins can be purchased which convert food waste and other organic material into compost. Composting is one of the best practicable environmental options for the reduction of waste to landfill. It is possible to reduce 20% of the waste in a bin without causing any environmental damage. This is more environmentally friendly than recycling as no energy input is required for transport or in the recycling process


Where is the best place to put a compost bin?

For the best results from your compost bin it should be positioned in a sunny spot on well drained soil. The soil below the bin should be loosened to improve drainage and increase access for worms and bacteria. Place a few inches of kitchen waste on the soil at the bottom of the bin, this will attract worms and bacteria to the bin and increase the rate of compost formation. For the best results, organic waste should be put in the bin in layers of different material between 6 ­- 12 cm deep.

What can I put in my Composter?

You can compost almost anything that is organic, i.e. anything that has been grown. This includes:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • tea bags, coffee grounds
  • crushed egg shells
  • grass cuttings, prunings and leaves
  • small amounts of shredded paper and soft cardboard
  • animal hair
  • vacuum dust (only if you have woollen carpets)
  • cat or dog excrement
  • meat
  • cheeses
  • fish
  • disposable nappies
  • shiny card
  • hard objects

For best results, ensure your compost bin contains some grass cuttings or vegetarian animal manure. They heat up and speed up the composting process. However they should be mixed with other organic waste to avoid slime formation.

It is essential that your compost bin is kept warm and moist. Placing the bin in the sun and out of the wind is therefore preferable. Ensure you always put the lid on your compost bin and do not let the compost dry out.

To ensure that air is getting to the centre of the bin, turn the material regularly. This will also speed up the decomposition process.

How do you know when the compost is ready?

Your compost is ready for use when the material does not resemble anything that you put in the bin. Collect the compost from the small hatch at the bottom of the bin. The compost can then be spread on the garden where it will act as a fertiliser.

How can I order one and how much do they cost?

To order your composter bin, to view the costs of a compost bin or for further information please visit: Link to External Website