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Home composting

This page gives details on the bins for sale through the partnership working scheme between the Council and Leicestershire County Council.

Composting bins are available through the partnership scheme between us, Leicestershire County Council and Recycle Now.


All living matter naturally breaks down over a period of time. This break down is carried out by small organisms that feed on the matter.

The breakdown may take from a few days to a few years.

Composting is a way of enhancing this process by ensuring that the right conditions exist for the material to break down within a short period of time. The end product is a dark soil like material that will enrich garden soil. This material is known as compost.

Composting Vegetable PeelingsBenefits of composting

Up to 40 percent of our household waste is made up kitchen and garden waste. Composting most of this waste will:

  • Reduce waste going to landfill
  • Reduce our impact on climate change
  • Reduce the need for chemical fertilisers
  • Reduce the demand for peat
  • Enhance soil fertility without relying on the use of expensive fertilisers
  • Provide essential nutrients to improve soil and plant health

Purchase a compost binCompost Bin

You can make a compost bin at home or buy one that is suitable to your needs. The bins are available at most garden centres in the borough. Oadby and Wigston Borough Council has teamed up with Evengreener to offer residents a fantastic range of low cost compost bins and accessories. Please visit get composting or telephone Evengreener on 0844 571 4444 for more details.

Start composting

Select an appropriate site to place your compost bin. The site should be:

  • Easily accessible to you
  • Located in an area where it can receive as much sunlight as possible
  • Sited ideally on free draining soil to allow small organisms to move between the soil and the compost heap and to prevent water logging

You can also site it on concrete as long as you have the right mixture to allow small organisms to find their way in and out of the heap.

You can add almost anything from your garden or kitchen to the compost bin. Keep a good mixture of greens and browns in your bin.

Your mixture should include:

  • 'Browns' such as dry leaves and grass, egg shells, twigs, wood chips, shredded newspaper and cardboard
  • 'Greens' such as grass cuttings, green leaves and small plants, uncooked vegetable and fruit scraps

You should avoid cooked kitchen waste, raw meat, chicken and fish at this stage as this can cause problems by attracting unwanted animals.

Keep the compost heap moist, but not saturated. Remember your compost heap and the organisms inside it need to breathe. Too much water in the heap will prevent air from circulating freely.

Turn the heap with a garden fork every few weeks to help the air circulate. This will speed up the process and prevent the heap from smelling.

If your heap contains the right balance of materials and the conditions are ideal then your compost should be ready in six months. Do not worry if it is not. Sometimes, it could take a year before you see any results.

You will know that your compost is ready when the materials that you have been adding to the heap have transformed into a dark brown, crumbly substance that has an earthy smell. At this stage you are ready to use your compost on your garden and your indoor plants.

You can read more about home composting from Recycle Now and Community Compost.

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