Home Composting and Waste Disposal in Yorkshire

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With the restrictions on household waste now well and truly in place, homeowners are turning to home composting as one way to reduce the amount put in their bins. With many homeowners also looking to grow more of their own food, it’s a win win situation, because they get to produce their own free compost.

If you’re thinking about home composting, here are some of the important facts and hints to help you get things under way. You’re going to be pleasantly surprised, how much of your waste you can actually compost. Vegetable and fruit peelings are the most obvious. But you can also use garden waste, paper, card and crushed eggshells.

The Benefits of Home Composting

A large amount of the material you put in your waste bin is actually biodegradable, on average 60%. This is a surprising amount and at least a third of that can be composted at home. We’ve already mentioned some of them but you can also include tea leaves (take them out of the bags) and coffee grounds. If you take the easy option and put all of these in your bin it will be taken to landfill. 20% of methane produced in the UK comes from landfill, and for that we’ve got to thank all your biodegradable waste. Composting it at home instead will reduce the amount of methane production as well as lower pollution, because fewer vehicles will be needed to transport your waste.

How to Compost at Home

You’re going to be surprised how easy it is to get good quality compost. You’ll be kicking yourself for spending all that money in the garden centre. Creating the best possible compost is all about the right combination of ingredients. The best way to categorise the ingredients is to split them into green and brown waste. The right combination is 50/50 of each.

Green waste includes:

  • Veg and fruit peelings
  • Salad leaves
  • Grass cuttings and old flowers
  • Tea leaves, coffee grounds
  • Nettles and comfrey
  • Young annual weeds

Brown waste includes:

  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Crushed eggshells
  • Cereal and egg boxes
  • Cardboard and paper (scrunched up)
  • The contents of your vacuum bag (minus any plastic)
  • Shredded paper and documents
  • Prunings from the garden

The best location for a compost bin is in partial or full sunlight. This will ensure a higher temperature is maintained inside the bin. Which will in turn speed up the composting process. It’s important to introduce pockets of air and you can do this by adding scrunched up paper and cardboard, together with twiggy garden material. Cardboard egg boxes also work very well. If you’re worried about maintaining a high temperature during the winter months you can insulate your bin with carpet or bubble wrap.

If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and start composting at home, or you run a business that produces biodegradable waste, Oates Environmental provides a composting service all over Yorkshire.