Home composting is a great way to get an endless supply of soil improver for your garden. It also helps to reduce the amount of waste we send for incineration. Every year, Basingstoke and Deane residents throw away over 8,000 tonnes of food, most of which is unused. However, fruit and vegetable peelings can be composted at home.
Composting at home cuts CO2 emissions and turns most kitchen and garden waste into a free supply of compost that will keep your garden blooming year after year.
If you live in Hampshire, you can buy a reasonably priced home compost bin from £19 plus delivery. Otherwise, compost bins are generally sold in DIY or gardening stores. You might even be able to pick one up second hand.. Visit www.getcomposting.com to order your compost bin or take a look at the range of other products available to help reduce your waste.
For advice on how to get started with home composting please visit www.recyclenow.com/reduce-waste/composting
Making your own compost heap
You can make a temporary compost heap using chicken wire, scrap wood/pallets or by simply finding a corner of your garden. Now is the perfect time of year to get it started. Google 'compost heap using wood' or whatever materials you have and lots of ideas will come up.