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?

acteria, 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…

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