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Composting for Beginners

WHAT

Composting is a method by which you can turn your green waste into soil conditioner, which you can use to fertilise your garden. During the composting process, green waste is broken down by good bacteria and insects, using oxygen.

HOW

Composting at home is simple:

Decide which method you are going to use:

Compost heap: this is the simplest and most traditional method of composting. You could even fence off a small area for your heap. Click here to find out how to use a compost heap.
Plastic composter: composting in a closed container prevents rats and other animals from being able to access your compost.

If you live in Clackmannanshire, you can buy a compost bin from Glenochil Nursery, Menstrie by contacting the Council in advance to place your order. Compost bins are sold for £13 each. For an extra £1, the composter will be delivered to your home. To check availability, please call 0500 545 540.

If you live in the Falkirk area, you can buy a thermo-composter for the discounted price of £13 from Action Recycle:

BTCV Scotland,
27 Winchester Avenue,
Denny FK6 6QE
Tel: 01324 826 826


If you live in the Stirling area, you can buy a plastic composter for £13 at:

  • Greenyards Garden Centre, Bannockburn
  • Guyana Ltd. Main St., Aberfoyle
  • Klondyke Garden Centre, Whins of Milton

These thermo-composters are made from recycled plastic. They have a volume of 320 litres. They are subsidised by the 3 Local Authorities in the Forth Valley and are available at less than half price.

There are several other types of composters available - have a look in our recycled product finder.

Wooden Composter: These are available from Stirling Council for £25 from:

  • Greenyards Garden Centre, Bannockburn
  • Guyana Ltd. Main St., Aberfoyle
  • Klondyke Garden Centre, Whins of Milton
  • Mackinnon’s Garden Centre, Lochearnhead

If you have a larger garden, you can use two or three of these to manage your green waste. Click here for more information on how to use a wooden composter.

Wormery: these are designed to take mainly food waste. They do not produce compost, but you can harvest the worm casts, which are a concentrated fertiliser. Use our Product Finder to find out where you can buy a wormery. Click here to find out more about using a wormery.
Food digester: although this method does not produce compost or fertiliser, it will help you manage your waste. It is most suitable for food waste, although it will smell. Click here for more information.

If you have a large garden, then using a combination of food digester and composter will help you manage your kitchen and garden waste in an environmentally sound way.

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