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Composting is a great way to cut down on the amount of waste that ends up in your black sack.

Compost at home

Plus, at the end of it, you get a really good quality soil to use on your garden. 

What to compost

There are plenty of materials around the kitchen and garden that can go into your compost bin, and some you should keep out:

Put it in

Keep it out

Fruit and vegetable peelings
Dead flowers and plants
Grass cuttings and nettles
Small branches and twigs
Tea bags, coffee grounds and filter paper
Shredded and scrunched paper and cardboard
Egg shells
Saw dust

Meat and fish
Dairy products
Processed foods such as pasta and bread
Pet faeces or litter
Large branches
Invasive plants (e.g. Japanese Knotweed)
Cooked vegetables

The materials will take roughly 9 months to break down into the very dark, crumbly texture that you can use round the garden.

Hampshire County Council have teamed up with Get Composting to offer reduced price compost bins to residents


Updated: 23 Dec 2019
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