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Home composting

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
  • Wool
  • Woody clippings
  • Cotton threads and string (made from natural fibre)
  • Feathers
  • 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.
  • Nappies.
  • Things which are not biodegradable such as plastic and metals.