Why compost?

  • you get FREE compost that can be used as mulch, soil conditioner, lawn conditioner or as part of a seed and potting mix.
  • Scotland produces enough organic waste every year to fill Hampden stadium more than 18 times. By composting at home, you can reduce this type of waste going to landfill.
  • Reduces the production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is produced when kitchen and garden waste break down in a landfill. Methane gas contributes to global warming.
  • Saves the Earth’s natural resources by reducing the need for peat taken from endangered habitats.
  • Reduces the amount of waste collected, transported and processed, which is an important carbon saving.

How to compost? It's Easy

Although the Scottish Government subsidised compost bin scheme has now come to an end, you can still buy compost bins online, at garden centres or of course, you can make your own. Plastic compost bin prices range from about £25 to £35 from your local garden centres.

Quick Tips:

Site your compost bin on ground (not slabs) so the worms and other organisms that break down the materials come into it.

Have a kitchen caddy/tub to collect fruit and vegetable scraps/peelings, tea leaves/bags and coffee grounds & egg shells that you can then put into your compost bin.

You can also add scrunched up cardboard & paper and the contents of your vacuum cleaner and of course any garden waste such as annual weeds, and grass cuttings ( in moderation).

The compost works best if you have a good balance of soft, moist materials eg vegetable peelings mixed with dry harder material such as cardboard.

Your compost should be ready to use after about 6 months but this time varies depending on the time of year and the contents.

compost heap

Need composting advice?

We are always happy to help people with their specific composting questions. Contact us with your queries, and if further help is needed, you can ask if your local Zero Waste Volunteer can visit you at home to help sort out problem bins, work out where best to place a new bin or just make sure you are on the right track.


Click here for a selection of You-tube video clips on how to build your own pallet bin, wormery or even tumbler! 

Want to compost cooked food?

If you are interested in reducing your bin waste by composting cooked food have a look at the green cones site, smart soil hot box or information about wormeries.

Use peat-free compost

If you can, use your own compost to grow your seeds and plants. If you need to buy compost go for Peat-free - click here for reasons why. Most garden centres stock peat-free compost with prices ranging from about £5.50 to £6.00. Peat-free compost has greatly improved over the years.

Keen on composting?

RoWAN is looking for volunteers to help us promote home composting in  as part of the national Zero Waste Volunteer Programme. Find out more here.



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