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Home Composting



The most sustainable way of dealing with your food and garden waste is to compost at home.

Residents will be surprised to discover that it's not just fruit and vegetable peelings and garden prunings that can go in the compost bin, cardboard, eggshells and teabags make for great compost too.

Around a third of the rubbish we produce can be composted at home, including:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Vegetable peelings (including lettuce and cabbage leaves)
  • Old flowers
  • Fruit scraps (including citrus peel)
  • Nettles
  • Coffee grounds and filter paper
  • Spent bedding plants
  • Comfrey leaves
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Young annual weeds (eg chickweed and speedwell)
  • Pond algae and seaweed (in moderation)
  • Garden prunings
  • Dry leaves, twigs and hedge clippings
  • Straw and hay
  • Bedding from vegetarian pets
  • Egg shells (crush them first to speed up composting)
  • Egg boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Newspaper (scrunched up)
  • Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • Corrugated cardboard packaging (scrunched up in small amounts)
  • Wool
  • Tea Bags

Purchase Composters, Water Butts and Wormeries

You can purchase composters, water butts and wormeries at discounted prices from the Essex County Council getcomposting website.

Essex County Council getcomposting website

The Recycle Now website has information on home composting and offers support and guidance to those just starting to compost.Home Composting

Recycle Now website

For other alternatives, including wormeries, please visit DIY stores, garden centres or online suppliers such as WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme).

WRAP website

Phone Contact us....

Telephone: 01992 564608


Or you can write to us at:
Recycling & Waste, Environment & Street Scene, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street,  Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ

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