Composting garden and food waste turns ‘waste’ into a valuable asset that:

  • Saves money – good compost can make excellent soil conditioner; saving time, money and effort.
  • Helps your environment – the more you compost, the less you need to recycle or waste.
  • Improves your garden or allotment – compost puts nutrition back into the soil.

A great deal on compost bins

We are working with Get Composting to offer Somerset residents home compost bins at reduced prices, including a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal for two of the same size.

A 220-litre bin is only £16.00 plus postage and packaging. Delivery is just £6.99 per order, so why not order two and share delivery with a friend, neighbour or relative? (Max two discounted bins per address.)

Offer valid for the first 130 compost converters sold to Somerset residents or to 31 March 2024, whichever is soonest

Buy online from Get Composting.Through the offer website you can also buy kitchen composters, wormeries, composting accessories and water butts. Compost converters are made from recycled plastic, UV-stabilised to prevent degradation, require no assembly, and are guaranteed for seven years. Optional base plate available. Delivery can take up to 28 days.

Advice and guidance on composting

For practical advice on setting up and using compost bins, as well as useful answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Recycle Now composting pages or the Royal Horticultural Society.

A compost bin works well with a mixture of organic materials, balancing green (nitrogen-rich) with brown (carbon-rich) and using garden waste, suitable foods – from veg peelings to apple cores, coffee grounds to tea leaves – and other materials, from herbivore animal manure to wood ash, torn card to wool.

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Check to see if you are getting the right mix for your compost.

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No compost bin? You can compost in situ to add nutrients directly back into your soil with compost trenches or pits.

More advice

Royal Horticultural Society video.
RHS compost advice
Composting for kids with Peppa Pig – inspire younger gardeners
Science Spark’s home-made wormery, so your children can watch the worms in action.

Last reviewed: March 30, 2023 by James

Next review due: September 30, 2023

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