Your Guide to Kitchen Composting

18th Sep 2023

Composting is one of the best ways to reduce the environmental impact of your household waste and you’ll find most food and organic waste in your kitchen. If you’re new to composting or just looking to sharpen your skills, here are a few simple tips for using your brown bin at home.

Start with a compost caddy

Organic waste can pile up quickly, so start off by placing a compost caddy near the kitchen sink or bin. This will help to keep your organic waste separate from the rest, and make it easier and more convenient to use when the time comes.

Scrape leftovers into the compost caddy

Once you’ve finished your meals, make sure to scrape any leftovers into the compost caddy rather than your general rubbish bin. This includes both cooked and raw foods, meat, dairy, vegetables, and fruit.

Recycle expired foods

When you come across that unused bag of spinach in the fridge, remember that its contents can be placed in your compost bin but its packaging should be thrown in the recycling bin instead. This way, you won’t have anything going to waste and your general waste bin won’t increase in size.

Think about paper towels and napkins

While it’s often advised to avoid using paper towels, napkins, it’s still possible to compost them if they’ve been soiled with food residue, spills, or even oil. As long as they haven’t come into contact with any chemicals, they can be put in your compost bin.

Don’t forget about eggshells and tea bags

Eggshells and used tea bags are other common kitchen items that can be added to your compost bin. Start simply, and use these items to build your composting habit!

Composting is a great way to reduce your environmental impact by reducing food waste. By using these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to composting green and helping the environment in no time. If you want to know more about what goes in each bin, check out our poster here.

Making big changes to how you compost? Don’t forget we are choosing one Composting Champion each month! Proud of your efforts so far? Submit the nomination form here and you could win a year’s free bin collections!