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Find out more about composting.

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