Home composting

Compost at home and turn your unwanted garden waste, vegetable peelings and non-cooked kitchen waste into a free, nutritious material that puts the goodness back into your garden.

If you home compost you could:

  • Save money – good compost can make excellent soil conditioner; saving time, money and effort
  • Improve your environment – the more you compost the less you send to landfill
  • Improve your garden – compost puts nutrition back into the soil, improving your garden or allotment

To help get you started with home composting, we work with getcomposting.com to offer residents home compost bins and other equipment at reduced prices.

From 1 April 2019, compost bins cost:

  • 220 litre bin just £18.50 plus p&p
  • 330 litre bin from £20.50 plus p&p

Also you can ‘buy one get one half price’ for online and phone orders. See getcomposting.com for details.

Closing date for this offer is 31 March 2020

You can buy online or by phone on 0844 571 4444.  Please quote reference SOM 17L The standard cost from a BT landline is 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Other providers may charge more.

Through the offer website you can also buy kitchen composters, a wormery, composting accessories and water butts.

To download a copy of the 2019-20 sales leaflet, click here.

Compost bins are made from 100% recycled plastic and are guaranteed for 7 years.

Somerset has a team of Compost Champions, volunteers from the community who kindly give up their spare time to attend community events, give talks and promote composting in any way that occurs to them!

Almost a third of the waste produced from Somerset’s households could be home composted – transforming food and garden waste into a great free fertiliser.

The Champions share their experience and skills to help residents to compost more of this waste, helping to reduce waste to landfill and save money. They have access to a range of resources and display materials to help them bring the message to life.

If you would like to invite a Compost Champion to attend your community event or know more about the scheme, please email enquiries@somersetwaste.gov.uk quoting Compost Champions in the subject line or call 01823 625700.

Which compost bin is right for you? To help you decide Carymoor Environmental Trust working with the Compost Champions have set up a number of compost demonstration areas, each of which is equipped with a number of different working compost bins. The demonstration bins are located in working community spaces and are used by local people to process garden waste generated at each site.

So far, we have demonstration bins set up at these locations:

  • The Community Garden, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells
  • Birchill Allotments, Frome
  • Eat Cary Community Garden, Castle Cary

A compost bin works well if the material you add is a mixture of organic materials.

For practical advice on setting up and using compost bins, as well as the answers to some frequency asked questions, please visit the Recycle Now home composting pages or the Royal Horticultural Society website.