Home Composting

What is Composting and why it is important?

Making compost is fun and can be satisfying, as well as being good for the environment! Making compost is often considered to be complex but all you need to do is provide the right ingredients and let nature do the rest. Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden.

One of the largest parts of domestic waste is garden and kitchen waste. Much of this can be composted to make a soil improver, thereby reducing the need to use peat based products and saving on the waste that goes to landfill.

Composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months.

Buy a Compost Bin

West Sussex County Council can provide home composting bins at substantially reduced prices to local residents. Please look at Compost for West Sussex webpage for full details

You can find lots of useful information and Frequently Asked Questions about composting on the Recycle Now Compost pages.

Food Waste Digesters

Please look at our Food Waste Digester page for details of Green Cones & Green Johannas that can take all food waste, and in the case of the Green Johanna some garden waste too!

The bins are easy to use and can considerably reduce your waste.

Where to put your Bin

The ideal compost bin is:

  • easily accessible - where you can easily add ingredients to the bin and get the compost out
  • has no gaps in the sides and may be insulated with cardboard or straw
  • has a lid or cover

And is located:

  • in a sunny or semi-shaded position
  • directly on the soil or turf
  • away from water-courses

If you have to put your compost bin on concrete, tarmac or patio slabs ensure there's a layer of paper and twigs or existing compost on the bottom so the worms and other creatures can colonise. If it is possible to remove paving etc that is below the bin then this is the best solution.

All about making compost

Do Compost Bins attract rats / small animals?

People often have  concerns about rats or small animals moving into compost bins. Rats may visit a compost heap if they are already present in the area but composting does not generally attract the rats in the first place. The Recycle Now website has some good tips to discourage small animals from visiting your compost bin.

Useful Links

Find out about the garden waste collection service

Olus - company who compost garden waste collected through the Garden Waste Collection Service.


Contact us

Waste and recycling team
Customer Contact Centre telephone: 01444 477440
Email: wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk