Garden and food waste makes up around 30% of all household waste.
Composting your kitchen and other household waste diverts the waste from landfill sites where it would produce Methane gas (the most harmful of all greenhouse gases) and saves money on the collection of household refuse.
Reasons to start composting at home
To put it in perspective a bag of compost from a garden centre will cost roughly £3.99 per bag but you could pick up a garden compost bin for around £19.99. Starting the process of making your own will not only save you money in the long term but will also help reduce your household waste. As every household creates waste that can be used to make compost all you have to do is find somewhere to store your compost and you are well on your way to becoming more eco-friendly.
How to save money tips – What can be used to make compost?
- Fruit and vegetable waste
- Coffee grounds, filter paper and tea bags
- Lawn clippings, weeds, flowers and nettles
- Bedding plants and fallen leaves
- Shredded paper (not glossy magazines)
- Corrugated cardboard and sawdust
- Tumble Dryer Lint
Benefits of home composting
- The obvious benefit of creating your own compost is that it is great for the garden. Microorganisms help to create plant nutrients and so makes plants grow stronger.
- Compost increases the amount of moisture in the soil meaning less watering.
- Compost helps prevent erosion. Top Fact: Compost helps to improve soil structure and retain moisture. It can also help to repair soil that has been contaminated or destroyed by pesticides.
Top Fact: Compost helps to improve soil structure and retain moisture. It can also help to repair soil that has been contaminated or destroyed by pesticides.