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Home composting

Why compost?

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It's easy to make and use. 

What composter is right for me?

There are different types of composting at home which you can use for your home and garden waste.

  • Home composter - Suitable for garden cuttings, trimmings, twigs, cardboard and raw vegetable waste from the kitchen. It will produce nutrient rich compost to use on your garden. Find out more.
  • Hot composter - Same materials as a home composter but because it works at higher temperatures you can also compost all food waste from the kitchen, cooked and uncooked.  It will produce nutrient rich compost to use on your garden. Find out more
  • Food Waste digester - All cooked and uncooked food waste can be put into food waste digesters, but not suitable for garden waste. You won't get compost from the digester, but it will feed the area in your garden surrounding the bin. Find out more

Did you know Buckinghamshire has worked with partners to offer discounts on home compost bins, hot composters and food waste digesters. You can get up to 50% off!

Get your a compost bin

There are lots of places to buy new compost bins, like garden centres or DIY stores. You can even get 50% off compost bins at There are other discounts for hot composters and food waste digesters at You could not try looking at Freegle, online auction sites or local social media groups for second hand bins. You can even try making your own