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Find out more about composting.

Buy compost

Householders' garden waste is collected from their Brown Bin, the waste is then taken to Barr Environmental Ltd, outside Cumnock. The waste goes through various treatments before it is turned into compost. The compost is then sold back to residents of South Ayrshire for £2.00 per 70L sack.

How the scheme works

Compost can be bought from one of our Community Recycling Centres at:

Troon Recycling Centre Port Ranald Drive, Troon

Sacks and Vouchers are purchased from Troon Customer Service Centre, Municipal Buildings, South Beach, Troon.

The sack and the voucher is then taken to the Recycling Centre, please present your voucher to the attendant before filling your sack.

Composting at home

Zero Waste Scotland provide an easy guide to composting at home.

What to compost


  • Cut flowers
  • Egg shells
  • Fruit scraps and vegetable peelings
  • Garden and house plants
  • Tea bags/leaves and coffee grounds
  • Grass cuttings
  • Annual weeds


  • Bedding from pet cages
  • Chopped garden prunings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Hay and straw
  • Shredded paper
  • Torn cardboard
  • Feathers
  • Woodchippings and sawdust

For best results compost a 50/50 mix of greens and browns. For more information please visit Zero Waste Scotland or call the composting helpline on 0845 0760223.

What not to compost

  • Meat and fish scraps
  • Cooked food scraps
  • Dog and cat litter
  • Diseased plants and persistent weeds i.e. bind weed
  • Coal or coke ash (small amount of wood ash is ok)
  • Large unchopped woody branches
  • Bones
  • Dairy products
  • Nappies
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Metal