What is home composting?

Home composting is using your kitchen and garden waste to make your own nutrient rich compost that you can use to help feed your flowers, plants and vegetables. Composting provides a home for a range of mini-beasts and worms that turn your food and garden waste into compost.

What are the benefits of home composting?

Reduces the amount of waste in your wheelie bin
Rewarding activity for all ages
Nutritious food for your house and garden plants
Free compost
Helps wildlife
Reduces pollution
Reduces the use of peat-based compost
No chemical pesticides or fertilisers

£10 off compost bins

To kickstart your composting journey or expand what you’re already doing, we’ve teamed up with Get Composting to provide residents across Greater Manchester* savings on a range of composting bins and equipment.

Save £10 on 9 different items, all with free postage and packaging. Just put in your postcode to see all eligible discounts.
*not including Wigan

Small enough to fit on your kitchen countertop, the Bokashi bin produces nutrient rich liquid that can be diluted and used on plants inside and outdoors.

If you have a large outdoor space or allotment this modular compost bin will have the capacity you need.

These classic composting bins are made from recycled plastic and come in two sizes and colours.

Wormeries are a brilliant tool to get young people interested in composting and natural life cycles.

Composting FAQs

How is compost made?

Good compost is made by combining 50% green items and 50% brown items

Visit Compost Instructions ( for a full list of what you can and can’t add to your compost bin.

How is compost made?

Bacteria, fungi, insects and other invertebrates break down the items in the compost bin. Using a traditional compost bin takes around 1 year for compost to be ready to use.

Where should I put my composting system?

Most composting systems should be in shade. Ground-based compost piles and bins should be placed on bare soil so that bugs and worms can get into your bin. Once filled, compost bins are heavy so it wont be easy to move. Make sure you can easily access the compost bin to be able to remove your compost when ready. A wormery can be placed in a shed to protect it from extreme weather conditions. Bokashi bins can be kept in the kitchen.

Should I cover my compost?

Yes, especially in rainy Greater Manchester! A cover stops it becoming waterlogged in winter and keeps moisture in during the summer. You can cover open compost piles with things like plastic, old carpet or plywood.

How to use a Bokashi bin


My compost is smelly and slimy…

A well-managed compost should not smell or be slimy, but if it does there a few of reasons why this may be happening:

  • The compost may be wet, possibly from the rain and not getting enough air
  • There is too much green materials in the compost such as grass clippings and food waste.
  • Your compost has animal products in it such as meat, fish, bones or dairy products.

Make sure your compost is  covered, turn the compost and add some drier ’brown’ materials such as leaves, hedge cuttings or shredded plain paper or card and give it a good mix. Only put raw vegetable and fruit food waste in your compost or consider a composting system specially designed to take all food waste such as a Bokashi bin.

My compost looks too dry…

Add more green waste such as veg peelings, grass cuttings.

There’s flies…

It’s a fact that flies are attracted to rotting food. However, there are simple ways to avoid your compost attracting flies. Make sure you mix and bury your food waste within your compost. You can also add a layer of brown materials such as leaves, shredded paper, or sawdust on top each time you add food waste. If you do get flies try leaving the lid off for a few hours on a sunny day, then place a layer of wet newspaper on top to create a barrier before you replace the lid.

How to use a compost bin

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Did you know?

Sometimes hedgehogs may find a home in your compost,  it’s warm and full of worms! So when you decide to turn over your compost just check that it is a hedgehog-free first!

To find out how you can encourage wildlife into your garden, yard or window box download the My Wild Garden booklet

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