Home Composting Guidance and Information

Home composting is the ideal solution to divert garden waste from landfill, that has the added benefit of providing a soil improver for the garden.

What is WRAP doing?

Over the years WRAP has been working with local authorities to understand diversion rates for encouraging composting at home and communicating the benefits of home composting to local residents and communities.

Home composting and Household Waste Prevention

As part of our Household Waste Prevention Hub, we provide advice to local authorities and community groups on how to increase participation in composting and household green waste. 

Garden Waste on the Household Waste Prevention Hub >>

Home composting guidance

Our simple factsheet provides a quick understanding of home composting and for local authorities can promote home composting to their residents.

It is broken into a number of sections and covers the following topics: Likely diversion; Introduction to Behaviour Change; Home Composting Behaviour Change; Monitoring; and Setting Targets.

Home composting guidance factsheet >>

Estimating diversion rates

Working with our partners and key stakeholders we have developed some models for estimating diversion rates for organic waste attributable to home composting.

Home Composting Diversion: Household Level Analysis >>
Home Composting Diversion: District Level Analysis >>

Communicating the benefits of home composting

The Recycle Now home composting programme started in 2004 by offering subsidised bins, with the support of local authorities, to householders across England.

As a result, the programme has encouraged approximately 1.6 million households to start composting at home.  The use of these compost bins has meant that over 260,000 tonnes of waste has been diverted from the waste stream each year.

The programme has now met its original target and has successfully demonstrated that home composting is a simple method that many of us can implement to reduce the amount of waste put out for collection.

The Recycle Now website will still offer support and guidance to those just starting to compost at home and tips and advice to more experienced composters.

Recycle Now website >>

North of the border

Home composting processes differ in some regions across the UK, in particular in Scotland. To find out more about the Scottish approach to composting at home, please visit www.wasteawarescotland.org.uk

Where next?

Want to know more about composting? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information:

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