Composting at home

Composting in your garden

Composting is a great way of turning old fruit, vegetables and garden waste into free compost for your garden. It helps the environment and saves you money.

To get started you will need a sturdy compost bin.

A caddy can help you store your food waste in the kitchen for a couple of days before transferring it to your compost bin.

Virtual composting workshops

Take part in a virtual compost course with Garden Organic (using password ELWACompost). This course provides five short lessons (approximately 20 minutes each) and can be accessed at your leisure.

Join a compost course (password:ELWACompost)

Ask us about composting workshops

We also carry out face to face composting courses. We run these throughout the year. If you would like to join the mailing list for when these are held or if you would like to ask us about the course, please fill out the form below.

Fill in our form for composting workshop updates request and enquiries

Buy a subsidised compost bin (one bin per household)

This offer is for Havering residents only and it is one composter per household. Please contact Get Composting online or by free phone number to order your composter.

  • 220 litre bin £13 plus £6.99 delivery
  • 330 litre bin £14 plus £6.99 delivery

Order a compost bin

Or call 0800 316 4454 to place an order.

Other items (including caddy liners and wormeries) are also available from the Get Composting​ web shop.

Learn more about composting

Making your own compost area

Many garden centres and large supermarkets sell relatively inexpensive bins for composting kitchen and garden waste. Alternatively you can compost by creating a compost heap in a corner of your garden, or building your own compost bin out of old pallets or pieces of wood.

Log onto the BBC gardening website to find out how to get started.

Composting service

Don't want to use your composting? We can take your compostable materials away with our compostable sack service.