Home Composting & Wormerys
Did you know that Rutland County Council now subsidise wormerys as well as compost bins?
A Wormery is a very simple but highly effective (and environmentally friendly) method of turning dead organic matter (such as cooked and uncooked food and kitchen waste) into high quality worm compost and a nutritious liquid feed which you can use in your garden and on your house plants.
A Wormery will divert your cooked and uncooked food waste, along with things like shredded newspaper, cardboard tubes, tea bags and egg cartons away from landfill. Visit www.rutland.getcomposting.com for more details or to make a purchase.
Up to 30% of household waste is organic and can be converted into compost for use in your garden. By using a composter and adding your organic waste, you can produce a rich earthy compost which will provide valuable nutrients for your soil.
What are the benefits of home composting?
Reducing the amount of household waste reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfill. This reduces the production of the 'greenhouse' gases, which damage the ozone layer. Home-made compost is the best possible free supply of soil conditioner for your garden or plants and an alternative to expensive, environmentally harmful artificial fertilisers and peat.
What can be put in a composter?
If it will rot it can be composted. For best results, it is important to use a mixture of materials. Grass mowings and soft young weeds rot quickly, they work as 'activators' and get the composting started. Older and tougher plant material rots slowly and will give body to the finished compost.
Examples of what to put in your compost bin:
- fruit and vegetable peelings
- tea bags, coffee grounds
- crushed egg shells
- grass cuttings, prunings and leaves
- small amounts of shredded paper and soft cardboard
- dead cut flowers
- wood shavings
Examples of what not to put in your compost bin:
- cat or dog faeces
- disposable nappies
- cooked leftover food
Where can I purchase a composter?
Rutland County Council has teamed up with Straight plc to offer top quality home composters at a fraction of the recommended retail prices. This offer is only available to residents of Rutland.
Compost bins are available to purchase from http://www.rutland.getcomposting.com/
Where can I find out more information about home composting?
Further information on composting is available from Garden Organic.
Composting hints and tips
- For rapid results create a good mix of garden and kitchen waste
- Regular stirring and layering of fruit, vegetables and garden waste will help create ventilation channels helping the composting process.
- Add scrunched up cardboard randomly to aerate the compost.
- Placing the composter in a sunny part of the garden will increase the temperature inside the unit, thus accelerating the composting process
- To ensure good circulation, a layer of twigs, cut flowers or remains of plants can be placed at the bottom of the composter.
- Shredding green waste prior to composting will help speed up the process. This also produces better quality compost.
- To prevent vermin from being attracted to your composter turn the material regularly and place a metal sheet or chicken wire under your composter.
If you have any further queries regarding composting please contact Rutland County Council.