If you compost at home using a compost heap, you are reducing the amount of waste that leaves your home. Things put in the home composter are being reused and minibeasts including worms and woodlice, along with fungi, bacteria and other tiny living things recycle the dead plants into compost. The finished compost can then be used to feed the plants growing in your garden.

In some areas the Council will have provided you with a brown or green wheelie bin. These bins are for garden waste and in some places, kitchen waste like apple cores and potato skins as well. If youíre not sure, you can check with your Council to find out. The material goes to composting sites where it is composted in huge piles. Where kitchen waste is collected, special machines are used to compost the material away from pests like flies and rats.

If your composting bin is only for garden waste or if you donít have one at all, a wormery can be used for your kitchen waste. A wormery is a special type of bin and comes with a supply of special worms called tiger worms. The worms eat kitchen waste like apple cores, tea bags and banana skins and turn it into a rich compost called worm cast and a liquid plant food. Click on the link below to watch a video clip on composting and wormeries.

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