There are loads of reasons why you should think about getting into composting!
Home made compost improves the quality of your garden soil, helping it to retain moisture and support health plant growth. Composting at home is an ideal way to recycle your garden and kitchen waste, reducing the amount of waste collected by the Council. Up to a third of the contents of a typical wheeled bin is compostable. Home-made compost can be used instead of shop bought peat based composting – helping to preserve valuable peatland habitat.
At least 30% of your household bin could be composted
You may wonder why you need to compost at home when the organic waste rots down in landfill anyway. In reality organic waste that ends up in landfill is unable to decompose properly because, squashed under all the other waste, it doesn't receive any air. This means that methane, a powerful greenhouse gas is produced which contributes to global warming. When you compost at home you are not only getting free soil improver for your garden but you are also doing your bit to reduce global warming too!
But, the Council collects my organic waste...
If you are on the Twin Bin Scheme, then the Council collects organic garden waste for composting. However you may wish to compost at home your kitchen scraps, so you can use the compost you make on your own garden.