Food Waste

Composting food waste at home

If your local authority does not offer a food waste recycling service, you can recycle your food waste in a composting bin or a compost heap.

This is a more environmentally friendly alternative to sending food waste to landfill, where harmful greenhouse gases are created. In a compost heap or bin, your food waste will have plenty of oxygen to naturally break down alongside any garden waste, creating free and nutrient-rich compost.

How to compost food waste at home

Take a look through our drop-downs of what can be composted, and what to avoid...

What to compost

  • Fruit and vegetable peelings and scraps
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells

What not to compost

  • Cooked food
  • Meat and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Bread
  • Biscuits
  • Baked goods
  • Pasta

These will attract vermin as they rot.

You can find a range of compost bins at most garden centres or online. Some compost bins will be suitable for more foods than others. Always follow the instructions for use.


Find out how to

compost food waste

See what else can go in a basic compost bin and find out about composting with worms and other methods.

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