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Can anyone help, I am looking for advice on compost, our council are introducing putting food waste with our garden waste in the same bin, is this correct! 


  • Our council has been doing this for years. I think they hot compost it which kills any nasties from the food waste. Being an adult only household we hardly generate any food waste though so ours still only has garden waste.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,933
    I'm also in Essex and we'be been asked to do the same.
    I choose not to..

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks for that , we are the same as yourself an adult household, so won’t be entertaining into there new project!!! 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,553
    I've never put out garden waste of food waste
  • Interesting @Hostafan1! What do you do with the thugs (bindweed, ground elder etc.)?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,553
    they get dumped down the bank by the lake where they fight it out amongst themselves.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,860
    The council waste gets hotter than domestic, you can buy compost bins that take cooked food. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Yes Lyn we have bins for food waste but the are scraping them so we now have to put all food waste in the same bin which I don’t see how this will work! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,955
    We've had that system for ages  here in East Renfrewhire @lucky10carol :)
    Remember it 's heated to a very high temp, so you can put carcasses in it, which you couldn't do with home brewed compost bins. 
    Unless you want every r*ddy cat, fox, and numerous other scavengers in the area, in your garden. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I don’t have that problem! the only one we have is seagulls after they have emptied 
    the food bins !! 
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