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What to and what not to put in a compost bin

Posted by Callum VP, on June 30, 2020.

Composting is an excellent way to produce nutrient-rich fertiliser for your garden or allotment. Starting a compost pile is easy, all you need is a compost bin and a nice shady area to place the composter. The compost that you create will be full nutrients like carbon and nitrogen which plants use for photosynthesis and for growing. Consider composting like baking a cake, you want to put the right ingredients into the bowl.

What to put in

As a basic rule of thumb, you should only put organic matter into your compost bin. This includes:

  • Grass trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Sawdust
  • Manure (vegetarian animals only)

What not to put in

Consider these items like putting chilli powder into your cake mixture. The items should not be put into a compost bin:

  • Meat
  • Fat
  • Bones
  • Oil
  • Weeds
  • Diseased plants

Compost can provide your garden or allotment with the nutrients it needs to grow and by making sure you fuel your compost pile with the right items, ensures your compost bin will produce high quality compost.