Home composting | Sevenoaks District Council

Home composting

You can compost your uncooked vegetable and fruit kitchen peelings, as well as tea bags and coffee grounds and filters, at home with a home composting bin.

Around a third of household waste is made up of kitchen waste such as vegetable and fruit peelings, left-over or unused raw fruit and vegetables, tea bags and coffee grounds, which can all be composted at home.

Visit the Getcomposting.com website to purchase a bin and to view other products available to help reduce household waste.

Food waste digesters

Food waste digesters can be filled with biodegradable kitchen waste such as bones, meat, fish, bread, rice, cake and food. They offer an environmentally friendly way to dispose of your food waste. They produce high quality, organic compost or liquid feed.

The Green Johanna (330 litre) is designed to sit in a shady part of the garden. The temperature inside remains higher than the outside. You can put all cooked and uncooked food waste, as well as some of your garden waste (one part garden waste, two parts food is the ideal mix). It produces rich compost in a four to six months.

The Green Cone (80 litre) is designed to sit in a sunny position on a well-drained area and needs to be dug into the garden. You can put all cooked and uncooked food waste into the underground digestion chamber, but not garden waste. The cone produces a natural, liquid fertiliser that seeps into the surrounding garden and soil.

Purchase these unit directly from Great Green Systems or by calling 0800 013 1304.

Further information

Visit the Recycle Now website for practical advice and support for beginners and experienced composters or the Association for Organics Recycling website.

Find out how to build your own compost bin from Gardeners' World.