East London Waste Authority
East London Waste Authority

Home composting

Compost bin

So why should I compost?

Help the environment: When organic waste is put into landfill, air cannot get to it in the normal way, so as it breaks down, it releases harmful greenhouse gases like methane. However, in a compost bin, air can get to the waste, so it can break down safely.  Home composting not only helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions, it is also an effective and sustainable method to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Benefit your garden: Home compost is full of nutrients, which will improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, keep your soil’s pH balance and help to prevent plant disease.

Okay, so how do I get started?

Click on your borough to find out how to buy a cheaper compost bin through your council and for more information on getting started in:

Barking and Dagenham

Havering

Newham

Redbridge

Okay done, now how do I do it? 

Setting up your own compost bin is super simple. All you need is the bin, somewhere to put it and your uncooked food scraps. Think vegetable peelings, egg shells and tea bags. You can even add shredded paper, flowers and leaves, and grass cuttings. Just don’t add anything cooked or any meat, fish, diary products or bones. These can attract pests and don’t break down like raw vegetables do.

It takes around nine months to a year for your scraps to turn into nutritious compost. When it’s ready you can add it to your garden, pot plants and vegetable patch to give your greens a growing boost. Compost improves the quality of your soil and adds nutrients, making it easier for things to grow. It also lets your soil retain more water, meaning less watering is needed and less dry, sad looking plants.

So whether you’re growing greens, producing pot plants or just want a lusher lawn, your salad scraps and egg shells could be the simple (and money saving) answer.

Don’t have anywhere to spread your compost? Offer it to neighbours, local schools and allotments using websites like Freecycle and StreetBank. You’ll be surprised at how many people will want to get their green fingers on your composted potato peelings.

Recycle Now have really easy to follow instructions on how to set up your compost bin and how to keep it going. For any more information and advice that you need click here.

Click on your Borough to discover your nearest Recycling Centre

Barking & Dagenham

Havering

Newham

Redbridge