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How to Compost

Compost safely

Which bin to choose?

Your compost ingredients

Empty your compost bin

To turn or not to turn?

How long to compost?

Worms & Wormeries

Topical Composting

Compost kitchen waste

Prickly prunings

Weeds and weeds

Too much grass

Leaves for Leafmould

Seasonal Tips


Unwelcome Guests

Leaflets to download


Composting demonstrated

Some gardens seem to produce more rubbish than can easily be composted - but there are many ways to solve this problem.

The first is to reduce the amount of waste your garden produces. You can do this by:
Choosing plants that are easy to manage
Tweaking some of your gardening practices to reduce waste
There is detailed advice on this in Minimise your garden waste
or you can download our leaflet Reduce your Garden Waste

The second approach is to reuse some of the waste so it becomes an asset not a problem
Grass mowings make good mulch - see Composting Grass Mowings for more ideas
Twiggy prunings can be used as plant supports
Download our leaflet Reuse your Garden Waste

Thirdly you can recycle most of your garden waste:
Much of it can be composted :: download our leaflet on composting
Leaves can be made in to leafmould
and even weeds can be made in to compost and recycled
Download our leaflet Recycle your Garden Waste

If you only have a small garden you will probably only have a small amount of rubbish to get rid of. You can make a small compost bin to fit your space - see DIY Compost Bins
or you can even make compost in a bag

Look in our SEASONAL TIPS for more ways to reuse and recycle all your garden waste

Composting problem?
 Contact us if you would like us to answer your query. We'll try to give a helpful answer!

This page is sponsored by Scottish Borders Councilsbc logo

More information about recycling can be found on :
 Scottish Borders Council Reduce Reuse Recycle

Also try Zero Waste Scotland