How to Compost

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 Island Waste 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 Island Waste.  These are collected every week as part of the kerbside collection scheme - the black boxes are collected once every fortnight.

What to compost ...

P Raw Fruit - such as apple cores, banana skins and so on

Raw 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 ...

x 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!

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