Let's get composting

Published: 20 Aug 2021

Compost, vegetable peelings and eggshells

Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver.

Composting is done all year, as and when suitable materials are generated in the garden or home. However late summer to early winter is the peak time for making compost.

Composting has many benefits, and involves recycling your fruit and veg peelings, along with any other organic materials like grass cuttings, unwanted plants, tea bags, coffee grounds and egg shells.  Together, these will naturally decompose over time to produce a ready-made mixture, rich in nutrients to feed your soil and nourish your garden.

Composting is useful in all gardens. Only in the very smallest gardens will it be difficult to find space for a compost heap and material to fill it. Owners of such small plots could consider worm composting instead.

Collecting your fruit and veg peelings for compost could reduce your household waste by up to 10% and is a useful way to help the environment and nourish your garden.

West Sussex County Council has teamed up with Get Composting to help you buy a composter at a reduced price - a 220 litre compost bin for £18.00 or a 330 litre compost bin for £21.00 (correct at April 2023).


Find out more about composting

See the RHS video on how to make compost