If you hate having to buy compost why not have a go at making your own? It’s free and better for the environment.

More than a third of household waste is made up of organic material which can be composted. Grass cuttings, unwanted plants, cardboard, newspapers, fruit and vegetable peelings are all ideal.

Derbyshire County Council has a scheme which offers compost bins at very reasonable prices – with the added bonus that they can be delivered to households.

Compost bins cost as little as £16.98, plus £5.49 delivery per order. They are supplied by Straight plc.

Visit or call 0844 571 4444 for more details.

The low-cost compost bin is made from recycled plastic and carries a 15 year guarantee. The unit doesn’t require any putting together.

You can find out more about how to start composting at the Derbyshire County Council website by going to

There you’ll find more information as well as a leaflet on achieving the perfect compost.

Composting is a cost-effective and natural process that transforms kitchen and garden waste into a valuable resource.

It helps to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfill, reducing greenhouse gases.

Compost is a nutrient-rich food product for the garden which helps to improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels and keeps the soil’s PH balance in check.

As well as garden waste, much of your food waste can be composted.

A kitchen caddy allows anything from fruit and vegetable peelings to egg shells, tea bags, or even shredded paper to be collected and then emptied into your compost bin.

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