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Composting

What can I compost at home?

Home composting can help households recycle food waste such as peelings, tea bags, uncooked fruit and vegetables.  The document below shows what can be composted at home:

Composting at home (pdf 137kb opens in new window)

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When and where are the 2016 compost giveaways? 

Residents can collect up to two 15kg (approx) bags of compost per car at one of the following venues:

2016 compost giveaway venues
Date Time Venue
Tuesday 3 May 4pm  Broadway Car Park, Hornsea, HU18 1PZ
Wednesday 4 May 4pm Market Car Park, Market Weighton, YO43 3AJ 
Thursday 5 May 4pm  West Park, Goole, DN14 6UU
Friday 6 May 4pm South Holderness School, Preston, HU12 8UZ
Monday 9 May 4pm Hilderthorpe Coach & Car Park, Birdlington, YO15 3HA 
Tuesday 10 May 4pm Market Car Park, Withernsea, HU19 2QA 
Wednesday 11 May 4pm Brantingham Park Elloughton HU15 1HX
Thursday 12 May 4pm Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre Car Park (Pocklington Town AFC), The Balk, Pocklington, YO42 2NZ
Friday 13 May 4pm Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe, YO25 9DN 
Saturday 14 May 10am Council Depot, Annie Reed Road (off Grovehill Road), Beverley, HU17 0LF


Please note: all giveaways start at 4pm with the exception of Beverley which is 10am.

Residents are asked not to queue beforehand or they may be turned away for safety reasons.

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How do I buy a home composter?

The East Riding of Yorkshire council offers subsidised compost bins, wormeries and kitchen digesters which are sold through Straight Recycling Plc. Visit their website below or ring 0845 1306090 to place an order:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

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How do I get the best results from using a home composter?

The key to good compost lies in getting the mix right. You need to ensure a good balance of green materials, such as vegetable peelings and grass cuttings, with the browns, which include cardboard and paper. 

For more information on using a composter, including more details on what can be composted at home and subsidised prices, please visit the composting website:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

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What are the alternatives to having a large compost bin?

A wormery or kitchen composter are smaller composting alternatives.

A kitchen composter is an air-tight container to which all food waste can be added, along with Bokashi, a bran-based material with naturally occurring microorganisms. The contents can be dug into the ground or put into a traditional home composter after a few days.

A wormery is a self contained waste system that allows organic kitchen waste to be turned into compost using worms.

For further information on wormeries and kitchen composters, including more details on what can be composted at home and subsidised prices please visit the composting website:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

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Where can I buy a water butt?

Local garden centres, shops and DIY stores sell water butts, as do 'Yorkshire Water'.  Water butts along with the council’s promotion of compost bins and other home waste systems, can also be bought through Straight Recycling Plc. Visit their website below or ring 0845 1306090 to place an order:

East Riding Get Composting (external East Riding website)

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