Home Composting

Home Composting is a simple way to turn your garden and kitchen waste into a useful soil enhancer for your garden, while at the same time reducing the volume of waste into you household bins.

West Lothian Council no longer provide subsidised compost bins.

Why composting?

Although the council operates a separate food waste collection which covers many properties in West Lothian, making compost at home has many benefits for your garden. It contains organic matter which gives similar nutrients to fertilisers, due to the natural breakdown of kitchen and garden waste within the compost therefore providing plants, soil and turf with an effective natural feed. In addition, it has a unique composition, which allows the soil or turf to hold moisture for longer therefore requiring less water.

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In order to get the best compost out of your bin, here's a list of the materials you can and cannot compost:

Kitchen waste

  • Fruit scraps and vegetable peelings
  • Tea leaves/bags and coffee grounds
  • Egg shells
  • Paper items which can include scrunched up cardboard, egg boxes, toilet roll tubes, cereal boxes and paper towels
  • Cooked food
  • Meat, fish and dairy products
  • Coal or coke ash ( a small amount of wood ash is okay)
  • Cat or dog waste
  • Nappies, glass, plastic or metal
  • Bread

Garden waste

  • Cut flowers
  • Garden and house plants
  • Grass cuttings
  • Young annual weeds
  • Shredded twigs
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Straw and hay
  • Wood chippings and sawdust
  • Hamster or other bedding from vegetarian pets
  • Weeds about to seed
  • Diseased plants
  • Large woody items
  • Plants treated with pesticides

Recycling Centre Compost

Due to a change in the green waste processor, compost will no longer be available at our recycling centres.