Leeds Rotters’ aim is to make Leeds the composting capital of the world, championing workshops to make compost bins out of wheelie bins, publishing contributions from people who have found various other ways to compost their waste and keeping abreast of any initiatives which help people to avoid throwing compostable waste into their household bins.

One such initiative is ShareWaste, a project which puts people into contact with those who compost.

This means that household food waste won’t have to end up in landfill, giving off greenhouse gases, or have to be incinerated.

Waste food can be given to a near neighbour who makes compost – so if you would like to be involved, either as the contributor of waste or as someone who has a composter, then you might like to contact ShareWaste.

Not yet convinced?  Well, here is some more information which might help:

Around one third of our domestic waste is organic, which means it can easily be made into reusable, high quality compost, which is biodegradable. If it ends up in landfill sites it rots and produces methane gas, which is harmful to the environment – but if treated properly at home, it can safely be converted into nutrient-rich, reusable compost.  Low to no cost to you and a great benefit to the environment.

Low-cost containers called composters are readily available from your local garden centre or DIY store.  Compost bins are recycled plastic bins, which stop nasty smells from escaping, with well-fitted lids and  a convenient hatch to use when the compost is ready.  There is handy guidance about where to put your bin and how to maintain it for best results, as well as what you can and cannot put into it!

  • place it on well-drained soil in a sunny spot
  • make sure the soil at the bottom is loose as this encourages bacteria and worms
  • add kitchen waste to the soil at the bottom of the bin
  • layer the organic waste with soil
  • keep the lid on your compost bin – this is important for the rotting process
  • keep the contents moist
  • turn the contents regularly to speed up decomposition
  • mix grass cuttings and manure from herbivores (horses and cattle) as they heat up easily, but take care to mix these with food waste

This is what you CAN put into your compost bin:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • crushed egg shells
  • grass cuttings, prunings and leaves
  • small amounts of shredded paper and soft cardboard
  • animal hair
  • vacuum dust (only if you have woollen carpets)

This is what you CANNOT add to your compost – or you’ll ruin the process:

  • cat or dog excrement
  • meat, cheeses and fish (these can go in your food waste bin)
  • disposable nappies
  • shiny card
  • hard objects