Composting is an inexpensive and natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden as well as reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, which helps to improve the environment.
Purchase a bin and get composting
Slough residents can purchase discounted compost bins and other products by visiting the Get Composting website.
Composting is easy - step by step guide.
What to put in your compost bin
You need the right balance of greens and browns for a good compost.
- Tea bags
- Grass cuttings
- Vegetable peelings, salad leaves and fruit scraps
- Old flowers and nettles
- Coffee grounds and filter paper
- Spent bedding plants
- Rhubarb leaves
- Young annual weeds (e.g. chickweed)
- Crushed egg shells
- Egg and cereal boxes
- Corrugated cardboard and paper (scrunched up)
- Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
- Garden prunings
- Twigs and hedge clippings
- Straw and hay
- Bedding from vegetarian pets
- Ashes from wood, paper and lump wood charcoal
- Sawdust and wood chippings
- Woody clippings
- Cotton threads and string (made from natural fibre)
- Vacuum bag contents
- Old natural fibre clothes (cut into small pieces)
- Tissues, paper towels and napkins
- Shredded confidential documents
- Corn cobs and stalks
Never put these in your bin
- Cooked vegetables, meat and dairy products.
- Diseased plants.
- Recently treated garden waste (e.g. weedkiller).
- Pet waste.
- Things which are not biodegradable such as plastic and metals.