Garden waste is not permitted in grey or green bins in Kirklees. We can collect it if you sign up for our garden waste brown bin service. Home composting is another way of dealing with your garden waste.

Composting is also an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of organic waste from your kitchen and garden, giving you a completely natural, peat free, compost to dig back into your garden. By composting your own food and garden waste you will be doing your bit to increase home recycling and will benefit your garden at the same time.

Home composting trial

1000 people are trying out a new generation composters to help us decide which ones work best as part of our home composting trial

types of composters being trialled in Kirklees

Order a compost bin

Kirklees Council has teamed up with Kirklees Get Composting to provide reduced priced environmental products such as home compost bins, water butts, wormeries, kitchen caddies and liners.

There are numerous compost bins on the market to suit all gardens and pockets. If you would like to purchase compost bins, please visit Kirklees Get Composting

Special offers

  • 220 litre compost bins are available at £19.00
  • 330 litre compost bins are available at £21.50
  • Delivery costs £5.99 per order
  • Please allow up to 28 days for delivery

A range of accessories to help you get the best out of your compost bin is also available at special offer prices.

What you can and can't compost

You can compost:

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  • Ash (so long as it is wood based)
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cut flowers
  • Egg boxes
  • Egg shells
  • Feathers, fur and hair
  • Fruit
  • Grass cuttings
  • Inners from kitchen/toilet rolls
  • Leaves
  • Plant and bush trimmings
  • Sawdust from small animals' bedding (e.g: hamster, guinea pig)
  • Shredded paper and card
  • Straw and hay
  • Twigs (not too large)
  • Vacuum cleaner dust
  • Vegetables (raw)
  • Weeds (although it is not recommended you put in weeds such as bindweed)

You can't compost:

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  • Animal faeces
  • Anything made of plastic
  • Cat litter
  • Dairy products
  • Diseased plants
  • Glossy or coloured paper
  • Large branches
  • Meat, fish or cooked food
  • Soot and coal ash

It is a good idea to keep a balance of greens such as fruit and vegetable peels and browns such as small branches and leaves. If you find your compost is getting a bit too runny, put in shredded or torn up paper or card to bulk it out. Putting too many grass cuttings into a compost bin will produce a smelly, liquid mess!

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