Garden waste - composting
The amount of waste produced in Devon is growing. Landfill sites are filling up quickly and new ones are very hard to find - this makes the cost of collecting and disposing waste more and more expensive. This is why the Council has banned garden waste from ordinary rubbish collections.
The Garden Waste collection service and support for home composting are two of the ways the Council help residents to convert garden and food waste into nutrient rich soil improvers for gardens and allotments. Visit Garden waste - collections from home for more information about this collection service.
Composting at home
Compost Bins are suitable for garden waste, vegetable peelings, banana skins, apple cores, tea bags, egg shells, egg boxes, shredded paper, cardboard, and other uncooked vegetable and fruit. This is one of the easiest ways to reduce waste and doing it at home is best because:
Putting dairy products or cooked food scraps in a compost bin is likely to attract vermin and cause the bin to smell. If you want to compost cooked food scraps, and produce liquid plant food, then using a wormery is best as they are designed for this purpose. For more details on wormeries visit Original Organics Ltd.
Composters and wormeries
A range of composters, wormeries and soil improvers can be purchased from Council offices in Exton Road at cost price. Prices include VAT. Deliveries can be made at an additional cost.
View our Composters and wormeries [21Mb] document for further information.
If you are unable to compost it, you can take garden waste free of charge to one of the Recycling Centres - Devon County Council.
Visit Devon Wildlife Trust to discover ways of encouraging beneficial insects and birds to your garden. To find out about water butts visit South West Water - water butts for discounted water butts and composters.