Home composting

Reduce your rubbish by composting kitchen and garden waste - over 30 per cent  of household rubbish can be composted to provide a complete and natural food for your soil.

Buy a composter

You can compost at home from only £17.98*. To help you compost even more of your kitchen waste, you can now buy a kitchen caddy for £5.

compost binsCompost bins come in black or green. The following types of composter are available (see the application form below for more details):

  • 220 litre compost converter: £17.98*
    (Height 900mm, diameter 740mm)
  • 330 litre compost converter: £19.98*
    (Height 1000mm, diameter 800mm)
  • Compost bin base: £10*
    (Fits both 220 litre and 330 litre compost bins)
  • 5 litre Kitchen caddy: £5*
  • Complete Rainsaver Kit: £29.98*
    (Height with stand 1240mm, diameter 650mm)

* Plus £5.99 delivery per order

Buy two 220 litre or two 330 litre compost bins and you'll get the second half price!

How to order

To save money you could build your own compost bin from wood offcuts or other surplus materials. Oxford Wood Recycling in Abingdon, have a good range of used wood suitable for home projects.

What is composting?

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Composting is a natural process carried out by various bacteria, insects and earthworms that are commonly found in gardens. These organisms multiply and feed on mixed organic waste, and turn it into rich dark compost. Heat is given off during the process, which destroys any harmful bacteria.

Why compost?

Making compost is one of the best ways to help protect the environment. About 30 per cent of household waste is made up of organic kitchen and garden waste. Composting your organic waste can produce a valuable conditioner which will improve the fertility and structure of your soil.

All that is needed to make compost is some organic waste, air, water and a little time.

Composting tips

For helpful advice about composting, visit the Recycle Now website.

Promoting composting in your local community

Oxfordshire's team of volunteer Master Composters are trained to help people to start composting at home, and support those who already do so.

In return for free training and support, Master Composters commit to carrying out 30 hours voluntary work in their local communities. They work with local groups such as schools and gardening clubs as well as friends and neighbours - wherever they feel they can help.

If you would like to talk to a Master Composter about attending an event or helping with your school composting, please email waste.management@oxfordshire.gov.uk or call 01865 816043.

Households also have the option to have their garden waste collected as part of the refuse/recycling scheme in each district. Go to more information on the garden waste collection service in your area.