Merseyside households are currently producing over 500,000 tonnes of waste every year, much of which could be recycled and re-used. One of the best ways to reduce this amount is by composting your organic waste – research shows that a third of the contents of the average bin can be composted!

Composting is nature’s own way of recycling. By converting your kitchen and garden waste into compost you reduce the amount of material sent to landfill and also cut the amount of methane and carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere – significant greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

What can I compost?

A lot of people think that garden waste is the only thing that you can put into your compost bin. But there are actually loads more everyday waste items from your home and garden that you can add to enrich your compost.

Things you CAN add to your compost bin include:


Tea bags, grass cuttings, vegetable peelings, old flowers, fruit scraps, nettles, coffee grounds & filter paper, spent bedding plants, comfrey leaves, rhubarb leaves, young annual weeds, pond algae & seaweed.


Egg shells, egg boxes, cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard packaging, newspaper, toilet & kitchen roll tubes, garden prunings, dry leaves, twigs, hedge clippings, straw & hay, bedding from vegetarian pets, wool, feathers, ashes from wood, paper or lumpwood charcoal, woody clippings, cotton threads, string (made from natural fibres), tumble dryer lint (from natural fibre clothes), old natural fibre clothes (e.g. woolly jumpers), vacuum bag contents, tissues, paper towels & napkins, shredded confidential documents, corn cobs & stalks, pine needles & cones.

Buy a bargain bin!

Residents from across Merseyside and Halton can now purchase a wide range of Home Compost bins and accessories at competitive prices by visiting:


Water Butts

Great for collecting rainwater from your home, garage, greenhouse or shed, water butts are the ideal alternative to tapping into your mains water supply. See for more details.


Household Waste Recycling Centres

If you are unable to compost at home, all 14 of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are able to accept the following items in their green waste skips:

Grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, garden prunings, leaves, twigs, woody waste, dead plants, branches, small branches, pond plants, vase plants.

The green waste skips can’t take:

Kitchen waste/food, crisp/sweet packaging, stones*, household waste, disposable nappies, animal waste or bedding, plastic bags, seed trays, flowerpots, metal objects*, wood/timber*, soil turf.

*separate recycling skips are provided on site