Home composting

Get Composting: special offers

The Suffolk Waste Partnership have launched a great new scheme which gives Suffolk residents the chance to buy home composting bins for under £10 each!

Through the scheme you can buy a range of heavily subsidised items, which can help you to compost both your garden and kitchen waste at home.

The scheme also includes subsidies on several composting systems which can deal with some cooked food waste.

There’s also the opportunity to get another compost bin of the same size for half price!

To find all the offers on compost bins and more you can:

Why compost?

Did you know that you can compost more than 30% of household rubbish if you combine it with organic waste from the garden?

You can compost waste in many ways:

  • at home
  • as part of a community project
  • through a council collection or deposit scheme

Composting:

  • helps reduce rubbish
  • is an environmentally friendly way of re-using organic material
  • makes nutrient-rich soil improver at the end of it!

How do I compost at home?

To get started, you can follow Recycle Now's composting guide and download the Composting at Home leaflet (PDF).

You may also be able to put compost in your kerbside composting bin for collection.

What can I compost at home?


  • Tea bags (please note some brands contain 'micro-plastics' )
  • Grass cuttings
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Salad leaves
  • Fruit scraps
  • Old flowers and nettles
  • Coffee grounds
  • Filter paper
  • Crushed eggshells
  • Egg and cereal boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Scrunched up newspaper
  • Toilet and kitchen roll inner tubes
  • Garden prunings
  • Dry leaves, twigs, hedge clippings, straw and hay
  • Bones
  • Bread
  • Cat litter
  • Cling film
  • Coal ash
  • Cooked food (specialist systems only)
  • Crisp packets
  • Dairy products
  • Disposable nappies
  • Dog poo
  • Drink cans
  • Drink cartons
  • Foam packaging
  • Glass
  • Meat and fish scraps 
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic bottles
  • Stones
  • Tins and cans

Composting advice

If you are an individual, school or group and need some home composting advice, you can contact a Master Composter at mastercomposters@suffolk.gov.uk.

How can I promote composting in my area?

Master Composters

Two boys and man looking at compost board display

Learn what Master Composters do and how you can become a Suffolk Master Composter volunteer.

Community composting

Man shovelling soil for compost

Learn how to compost in your neighbourhood with a community composting scheme (CCS). Find out what a CCS does and how to set one up.