Hot and Cold Composting

Read Louise’s article on Building Your Compost
Location, Location, Location

Choose a sunny spot that you can easily get to. For hot composting you really need an area at least a 1m

What/How to add

Aim for a mix of 30/70 green waste and brown waste (see list below).

Hurry up and Wait

It takes nine to twelve months for compost to … well compost – this will depend on what it is your compost, the time of year (temperatures) and it’s location.  It should be dark and earthy once ready.

What You CAN Compost


  • Tea Bags/Tea Leaves
  • Coffee Grinds
  • Grass clippings/Weeds
  • Fruit/Vegetable Scraps
  • Rhubarb Leaves
  • Banana Peels
  • Animal manures (except cat and dog)


  • Untreated Sawdust (sparingly)
  • Leaves
  • Shredded Paper/Card/Egg Cartons/Toilet Rolls etc
  • Egg Shells
  • Corn Cobs
  • Ash (From a WOOD fire – NOT coal)
  • Straw and Hay
  • Natural Fibres and natural fibre clothes (cut up)
  • Wool
  • Feathers
  • Vacuum cleaner bag contents (Unless like mine it mostly contains Lego)
  • Dryer Lint
What You Can NOT Compost
  • Disposable Nappies
  • Dog and Cat Faeces
  • Meat
  • Cooked Foods
  • Dairy Products
  • Anything that has been sprayed with pesticides
  • Invasive Weeds
  • Bamboo
  • Flax
  • Cabbage Tree Leaves