Composting

Approximately 30% of Woking household waste is made up of garden clippings and organic kitchen waste. Much of this goes to landfill sites which are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive and contribute to global warming. Bonfires also cause pollution as well as nuisance to neighbours. So why not compost your waste to fertilise your garden?

Actions

Compost garden waste

  • Make your own compost heap or use a ready made compost bin or wormery.
  • Mix garden waste with uncooked kitchen vegetable waste - not meat or fish as this will attract vermin.
  • Bedding from vegetarian pets such as rabbits or guinea pigs can be used but not dog and cat mess as these may contain harmful germs.
  • Avoid persistent weeds and seed heads.
  • Cover the heap or use a bin lid to encourage the compost to heat up to rot more quickly.
  • Sprinkle with water if necessary to keep the compost moist.
  • Aeration by turning will speed up decay but is not essential.
  • Allow about a year for compost to form - so two bins or heaps may be required.
  • Use compost to improve soil fertility and water retention by digging in or using as a mulch.

Use Council collections for green waste composting.

  • The Council operates a green garden waste kerbside collection scheme. For more details contact the Waste Services Helpline on 01483 755855.
  • Take large pieces of plant material to green waste skips at Martyrs Lane or Slyfield Civic Amenity Sites.

Contacts

  • Find out about best practice, latest research, and up and coming events on composting by contacting The Association for Organics Recycling.
    3 Burystead Place, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 1AH
    Tel: 01933 446440
    Fax 01933 446450
    email enquiries@organics-recycling.org.uk
    www.organics-recycling.org.uk
  • Subsidised composter units are available to Woking residents via the Evergreener orderline. Please telephone 0844 571 4444 or alternatively you can look at the range of products online.
  • Composting guidance leaflets are available from Woking Borough Council
    Tel 01483 743413
    email la21@woking.gov.uk