Friends of the Earth state “10 million tonnes of food goes to waste in the UK every year. That's as weighty as about 790,000 double-decker buses.” According to the Garden Organic website around 40 percent of the average dustbin contents are suitable for home composting.
Having a compost heap or bin in your garden to repurpose your food scraps is a brilliant way of reducing your impact from your food waste. Referred to as “Black Gold” creating your own compost is a very cost-effective way of returning nutrients to your soil.
When creating compost you can add kitchen scraps, waste from your garden such as lawn cuttings or hedge cuttings and cardboard or woody stems. Having a mix of ingredients (green and brown) is very important as you need a mix of materials that are rich in carbon and nitrogen.
You should never add cooked food, meat or fats to your compost heap as those will attract pests such as rats.#
I have a compost heap made out of some old fence and chicken wire. It doesn’t have to be fancy if you search online there are many ideas including using pallets.
Some links to resources to help create your own compost heap include…
Your local library will have some great gardening books with tips on creating a compost heap or who could say it better than the expert Monty Don… How to Make Compost - BBC Gardeners World Magazine