Home composting can be fun, productive and is a safe, easy and free way to help the Isle of Wight. By taking out your compostable items, such as egg shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peelings and putting them in a composting bin – which are easy to make, or if you prefer, quite cheap to buy from places such as Amey and B&Q – you can personally have a positive impact on both your garden plants and in reducing the landfill.
The compost can be used on your garden in your flower beds, on your vegetable patch, in your flower boxes and hanging baskets.
We would suggest that you don’t stand your compost bin on a concrete surface as there is usually a liquid run-off that can attract flies. If you suspect that rats may be using your compost bin as a food store, make sure that you aren’t putting any cooked foods into the bin, and give the compost a ‘turn’ every day this is simply where you stick a fork in and turn over the compost – rats do not like disturbance and will hopefully get put off.
If you don’t have a garden, you can still do your bit by getting a green bucket from Amey. These are collected every week as part of the kerbside collection scheme.
What to compost …
|YES PLEASE||Raw Fruit – such as apple cores, banana skins and so onRaw Vegetables – such as potato peelings, cabbage leaves, carrot tops
Garden Waste – such as soft prunings, leaves, grass cuttings, old flowers and pot plants, rabbit and guinea pig bedding and poo and horse manure
Tea bags and tea leaves and coffee granules
What not to compost …
|NO THANKS||Meat – including anything prepared with meat
Fish – cooked or raw
Cheese – including other dairy products
Bread and cake – including biscuits, pie and pastry and other items containing flour
Any cooked foods
Cat or dog litter – any waste from any meat eating animal, including nappies!