If you are sick of your household bin overflowing by the time collection time rolls around, composting could be the perfect solution. A large percentage of household waste is organic and can easily be turned into compost.

Getting started

You will need:

Compostable liners– Make composting as convenient as possible with these handy liners that not only help keep your caddy clean but are 100% biodegradable. Designed to be thrown straight into your compost bin or if you live in a area that collects compostable waste, we also stock local authority approved liners to make the task even easier for you! Take a look at our selection here.

Kitchen caddy– A great way to make composting convenient. All you have to do is chuck all of your vegetable peelings, scraps of fruit and salad leaves in as you go. We love this stylish caddy that looks so good you won’t want to hide it away.

Compost bin– We have a some great value compost bins online that are durable, affordable and believe it or not stylish! Pop in a sunny position on bare soil and within a year you will have a supply of compost from your bin.

Gardening fork– Essential for giving it a good prod and of course to use on your beds and borders. Try this one, which has a nice, easy-grip handle.

What can I compost?

Pop it in

From the house:

  • vegetable peelings
  • scraps of fruit
  • salad leaves
  • old flowers
  • teabags
  • cardboard (e.g. loo roll tubes, cereal boxes etc)
  • cotton
  • wool materials

From the garden:

  • grass cuttings
  • leaves
  • twigs (break these into small pieces to aid the process)
  • old plants

Keep it out

  • doggy poop and cat litter
  • citrus fruit peelings
  • leftover meat or fish
  • diseased plants
  • perennial weeds
  • dairy products
  • oil
  • synthetic fabrics

We even have a special kit which will help speed up the process – the Wilko Compost Maker is specially formulated to help speed up the natural composting process, promoting the production of rich, crumbly compost.

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Benefits of composting

  • Saves you money
  • Helps flowers, fruits and vegetables grow bigger and better
  • Helps suppress plant diseases and pests
  • Contributes to soil regeneration
  • Makes your garden look fantastic
  • Reduces the need for fertiliser in the garden
  • Makes excellent mulch which discourages weeds and keeps moisture in the soil
  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill

Get the kids involved

Have fun and educate the kids at the same time by creating a wormery. Worms are brilliant at making compost and the little people in your life will love this activity;

You will need:

• A jar (with a lid)
• Sand
• Soil
• Worms
• Black paper or card
• Leaves or over ripe fruit

What to do:

1. Get a glass jar and put a few holes in the lid ( kids, get an adult to help with this)
2. Put a 1cm layer of sand in the bottom
3. Add a 4-5cm layer of soil
4. Repeat the sand and soil layers allowing for a 7 or 8cm of air at the top of the jar
5. Now for the part the kids will really love, get them to hunt around the garden and find some wiggly worms
6. Pop them in the jar and cover them with old leaves, over ripe fruit or even tea leaves
7. Put the lid back on and cover the jar with black paper or card, being careful not to block the air holes
8. Store the jar in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks- the garden shed is ideal
9. Open it up and see if those worms have worked their magic on the leaves and fruit!

Still not sure composting is for you?

If gardening is not your thing or you just don’t have the space for a compost bin in your outdoor space, it is worth checking out your local recycling policy. Many local authorities now collect organic, segregated waste as long it is in the right type of biodegradable liner. We carry a range of local authority approved liners in various sizes. They are printed with the compostable EN134432 logo that serves to identify and verify the compostability of the product. The bags are fully biodegradable within 60 days in a commercial compost system.

Visit your local authority website to find out more.

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