Feed the earth

Compost your food waste

It's easy, free and natural; it entertains kids and delights garden-lovers; helps wiggly worms to thrive; flowers to blossom; and nutritious veg to grow. Composting your food waste will save almost 150 kg CO2 over the course of a year from gas emitted from landfill sites.1

Have we sold it to you yet? Make the pledge to start composting your food waste - there are even indoor solutions if you don't have a garden.

Why

Here are a few reasons to take action.

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Climate change

When sent to landfill, kitchen and garden waste (organic waste) rots anaerobically, giving off smelly methane gasses, a greenhouse gas 28–36 times more potent than CO2.2

When composted above ground, this waste decomposes with oxygen, giving us a far less smelly, less destructive, and more useful output.

Whatsmore - commercially produced compost often contains peat taken from peat bogs, which are rich carbon sinks. Through digging up these natural British habitats, yet more carbon dioxide is thrown up into our atmosphere – as much as 400 tonnes every year.3

So by making your own compost you’re definitely onto a winner, whichever way you look at it.

Landfill

It's funny to think of landfill sites as a precious resource, but they're filling up so quickly that we could soon struggle to find space to bury our ever-growing mountains of waste.

Biodiversity

This bit's obvious: compost helps things to grow. It improves the health of your plants while reducing the need for water and artificial fertilisers. Compost heaps themselves are a great way to attract wildlife, worms, slugs, hedgehogs, birds, lizards, the lot! 4

The peat bogs from which shop-bought compost often comes from are hugely rich and diverse habitats, housing many rare and protected plants and animals. They're being destroyed by the craze for peat-based fertilisers, endangering these species yet further.

49%

of household waste sent to landfill is biodegradable and so could have been composted.5

Money

With landfill taxes on the up and council budgets on the down, composting your organic waste is a great way to help your council save money for the things that really need it.

A bag of compost also costs you about £12 a pop, so by making your own you could treat yourself to a few extra seeds next winter.

The Global Goals

In September 2017, a historic agreement was signed by UN member nations agreeing to work towards 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030, otherwise known as the SDGs.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require action from governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals alike. We can - and must - all play our part.

By making the Feed the earth pledge, you are contributing to the following SDG targets:

12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.

12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.

13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

How

Composting can be done in a number of ways, the best option depends on how much space you have.

  • Traditional compost heaps are the winner if you have a garden; check out RecycleNow's advice on home composting.
  • Wormeries are small, smell-free, and create rich compost in a matter of months. You can keep them inside or out – don't worry, the worms can't escape! Many councils offer discounts on wormeries and compost bins, contact yours to see if they have a scheme.
  • Bokashi is a composting method, using microorganisms to break down your food waste (including meat and fish) at a supercharged speed. Best of all, it is totally hygienic and can be kept safely in your kitchen.
  • Council collections of compost are becoming more and more common, check RecycleNow to see if your council collects food and garden waste.
  • None of the above work for you? See if a neighbour has a compost heap you can donate your scraps to using the handy Share Waste app.

The important thing is this: whatever method you do, do it right! It's not hard, but if you don't tend to your compost heap correctly and let it rot away it could attract rats, produce poor quality compost, and emit harmful gasses.

Success Stories

901

Pledges
in total

10,579kg

CO2
pledged

Brought my composter and is working well in my garden and general waste bin takes three days to empty out now, use to be everyday.

As we now have a little boy at home we're preparing more food from scratch using organic fruit and veg. We've purchased additional bucket/bin especially for food waste. It makes our bin area larger but, again, it reduces amount of trips to the bin station as we can take all the bags at once in longer intervals than before.

All our food waste (fruit and veg peel, egg shells etc) is now going in our compost bin which we will use in the garden next year.

My compost looks awesome and my zucchini, tomato and potatoes all thank me for it.

I have been putting all my family food waste in the compost bin.

Cooked food and raw meat waste goes to council composting bin, fresh food waste such as veg, fruit trimmings and egg shells go to own garden compost. Spent coffee grounds used as snail and slug deterrents around vegetables growing in own garden. Boom!

I bought a new composter and have already filled it. I've started to compost much more material and this has made a massive reduction in the amount of household waste we produce. We will definitely be doing more of this.

We repositioned our main compost bin and established a second one.

The whole of the Registry office is composting lunchtime food waste.

Lots of lovely allotment compost!

Our local council have recently introduced compost bins, so this is something that we plan to keep up.

Finally got a compost bin from the council and I use it every day!

So good to be composting again - and the new flat mates are totally on board! Full caddy every week :)

I have got myself a kitchen caddy and a garden composting bin and have begun composting all of my kitchen and garden waste.

I have built (with extensive help of my mum and dad) a new compost box out of the old pallets and coal bunker. I now compost all my food waste - the chemically sprayed stuff, like orange peel, remains of cooked food etc. are going into the green caddy (as I do not want my dogs digging for leftover cheese), while all my other food waste, cut grass, branches etc. goes into my new compost. I am planning to use it as fertilizer for my raised beds in the next year or so.

We have a compost bin and are using it. I'm going to build a proper compost heap with recycled pallets too.

I'm a committed composter.

My food waste has been thoroughly mulched!

I filled up my compost recycling bin a few times and a fox made a mess biting into a bag when the bin was ajar but all in all a good result.

I composted some food waste like tea leaves, bean pods, old flowers/leaves etc.

I had always procrastinated about doing this. Now I am in!! Will definitely continue.

We have a compost in our garden and compost a lot of food waste from vegetables, fruits, eggs etc. I will definitely continue to compost the food waste.

Well done Holly. I made a conscious effort with my recycling especially of food waste. It wasn't as difficult or time consuming as I thought. I will do my best to continue

I purchased an indoor kitchen composter and have been adding compostable material to it. A little bit of trial and error getting the material to compost. Looking to add the compost made when I re-pot my house plants in March.

It's a habit now at home and work has been ahead of the game for ages. Need to build on this and encourage friends and family to do the same.

I managed to fill a compost bin in the timescale of the challenge. Pity my council doesn't run a compost pick up as I would happily sort food scraps for collection.

Rewarding.

I have not yet revived my composter... but have been better about reducing food waste and re-using leftovers.

It's really great fun! Easier than you think really. We will continue.

The whole of the Registry office is composting lunchtime food waste.

Easy really, no problems and I will continue doing it.

New compost heaps cleared out this weekend ready for the next batch production.

Not as difficult as I thought it would be. Easy to maintain once it became a habit.

My compost heap has been loving this do-action :)

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