Posts Tagged ‘Home composting’

Compost bin offers for Dorset residents

8 July 2013

Courtesy of Kessner PhotographyDid you know up to 30 per cent of what you throw away each week could be turned into nutrient rich compost?


Compost Awareness Week: Compost bin offers

6 May 2013

Courtesy of Kessner PhotographyDid you know up to 30 per cent of what you throw away each week could be turned into nutrient rich compost? Dorset Waste Partnership has teamed up with to bring residents compost bins for as little as 16.98.

It is more important than ever to reduce the waste we send to landfill, and composting is a great way to do this. Not only could you drastically reduce you waste every week but you end up with nutrient rich compost to use in your garden.

If composting isn’t for you, the new recycle for Dorset garden waste service is now available, or will be very shortly, in Christchurch, East Dorset and North Dorset. A year’s subscription is available from £25 for a bag service, or £35 for a bin service.

Love your garden

5 April 2013

Planting flowers in compost (large version)

We’ve teamed up with for another year so you can make the most of your uncooked kitchen and garden waste.

By simply placing your scraps in the bin to make some nutrient-rich compost, which will keep your plants blooming year after year.

The bins are available in two sizes, 220 and 330 litres, with prices starting at just £16.98, and a buy one get one half price if you order two of the same size. Delivery costs £5.49.

So what can you compost?

  • Uncooked vegetable peelings and fruit
  • Rabbit and guinea pig bedding
  • Torn, shredded or scrunched up paper and cardboard
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Egg shells

What can’t go in the compost bin?

  • Cooked food
  • Fish, meat scraps or bones
  • Magazines
  • Cat or dog litter

There are also special offers on water butts and composting accessories available at

Turn over a new leaf, start composting this autumn

17 October 2011

Raking up autumn leaves (large version)With autumn once again upon us, it’s that time of year when you start to think about tidying up the garden before winter arrives.

There is lots of nutrient-rich waste around – old bedding plants, grass cuttings, leaves and prunings – which can all be composted.

It’s important to have a good mixture of materials (you don’t want too much of any one thing) if you want to make a good quality compost. As well as green garden waste, you can compost fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, pet hair, and even shredded paper.  Try to aim for a 50/50 mix of ‘greens’ (vegetable peelings, old flowers, grass cuttings, spent bedding plants) and ‘browns’ (garden prunings, coffee grounds, tissues and paper napkins, cardboard, etc). 

If you have too many leaves for your compost bin, just put the excess into a bin bag, make a few holes in it, and leave in a secluded spot to rot down. It will be a great soil conditioner in a few months.  Another good tip is to use your lawnmower to collect up leaves: this shreds the leaves and helps to speed the composting process.

If you get it right, this autumn’s compost will provide a free supply of nutritious soil conditioner that will enrich your spring planting next year.

Read about our compost bin offers here.

County Show time

2 September 2011

People entering our 'Guess how many cans in a bale' competition at the Melplash Show (large version)

If you missed us at the Melplash Show in August, our recycling officers will be at the Dorchester County Show this weekend (3 and 4 September 2011). Again, we’ll have a whole range of waste prevention information available including leaflets on home composting and food digesters, tips for reducing food waste and real nappy information. We’ll be there to answer any of your questions or queries about waste and recycling, so come along and see us.

You’ll also get another chance to enter our ‘Guess how many cans are in a bale’ competition, to be in with a shot at winning £25 worth of Amazon vouchers.

See us at the Melplash Show

23 August 2011

In the garden (large version)Our recycling officers will have a whole range of waste prevention information and activities at this year’s Melplash Show, which takes place this Thursday (25 August 2011).

With an outdoors-themed stand, there will be lots of information and advice on many aspects of reducing waste. In our garden area, you can find out more about home composting and Green Cone food digesters and by our barbecue you’ll be able to pick up some ‘scorching BBQ’ tips as well as tasty leftover recipe cards to reduce food waste.

You can also check out our washing line of modern reusable nappies and see they are shaped, use modern fasteners and are simple to use. Find out more about our real nappy incentive scheme too.

Plus, there will be a chance to win £25 of Amazon vouchers, simply enter our ‘Guess how many cans are in a bale’ competition. This is part of our aerosols campaign, which aims to highlight that aerosol cans – like empty deodorant, hair spray, air freshener, and Real nappy washing line (large version)furniture polish cans – can all be recycled using your kerbside collection service. 

So come along and join in the fun!

Home composting fun facts…

6 May 2011

Home composting (large version)As it is Compost Awareness Week, here are a few fun facts and stats about home composting:

• Around 30 million eggs are eaten in the UK every day. Why not try crushing and composting your egg shells? They won’t break down completely but they add a valuable source of calcium to the soil.

• Nationwide statistics show that on average each person will consume 103kg of potatoes each year – that’s around 500 medium-sized spuds! If we all compost our potato peelings instead of throwing them in the bin, we would be delivering tonnes of waste away from landfill.

• Did you know, even regular home composters still send on average nearly 70kg of compostable food waste to landfill each year? That’s the weight of a medium-sized adult.

• Striving to eat your 5-a-day? Fruit and vegetable peelings can all go into the compost bin

• We’re a nation of coffee fans, with approximately 70 million cups drunk here in the UK each day. Don’t forget coffee grounds can be composted, alongside the filter paper.

Spring into action – Compost Awareness Week is here

1 May 2011

Planting flowers in compost (large version)‘Pass it on’ and community spirit is the theme of this year’s Compost Awareness Week, which runs from today (1 May) until 7 May 2011.

To support this, we’re encouraging you to pass on your home composting and gardening tips to family, friends, neighbours and your local community.

We’re also running a series of composting clinics to teach you how to get started or how to do a little bit more – click here to find your nearest. Any keen gardeners are welcome to come along and pass their composting tips to us too!

Home composting is an inexpensive, natural process which is much better for the environment than sending uncooked kitchen and garden waste to landfill, where it can generate methane – a greenhouse gas more powerful than carbon dioxide.

To put your scraps to good use, we’ve also teamed up with bin manufacturer Straight Plc to provide a range of compost bins, kitchen caddies and water butts at bargain prices – read more here.


Step into spring with our special compost bin offers

12 April 2011

2011 compost bin offers (large version)Transform your uncooked kitchen and garden waste into nutrient-rich compost by going compost crazy this spring. We’ve teamed up with to offer you home composting bins at bargain prices– so what are you waiting for get composting today!

The most popular – 220 and 330 litre – compost bins are priced at £15 and £18 respectively, plus a £5.49 delivery charge. And, there’s also a multi-buy offer – buy one and get one half price.


So what can you compost?

  • Uncooked vegetable peelings and fruit
  • Rabbit and guinea pig bedding
  • Torn, shredded or scrunched up paper and cardboard
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Egg shells

What can’t go in the compost bin?

  • Cooked food
  • Fish, meat scraps or bones
  • Magazines
  • Cat or dog litter

Read more here.

And what’s more, we also have water butt offers available, click here (opens in new window) to find out more.

Give your compost bin a Christmas present

22 December 2010

Don't forget your Christmas composting (large version)Many of us will have extra waste over the festive period. Your compost mix will benefit from adding a few of the telltale signs of Christmas.

Fallen poinsettia leaves, scrunched up wrapping paper, satsuma peel and egg shells will all be welcome winter editions!

Adding waste through the cooler weather helps to keep the composting momentum going at a time when decomposition will naturally slow down, so don’t forget to feed your compost bin as well as your family and friends this Christmas.

 Read more here.

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