What can I put in my compost bin?

A lot of people think that garden waste is the only thing that you can put in your compost bin. But there are actually lots more everyday waste items from the home and garden that you can add to enrich your compost. Ideally there should be a 50/50 mix of greens and browns in your compost bin. These are listed below.



  • Tea bags
  • Grass cuttings
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Fruit scraps
  • Flowers and plants
  • Coffee grounds and filter paper


  • Eggshells (crush them first to speed up composting)
  • Egg boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • Newspaper (scrunched up)
  • Garden prunings
  • Old leaves and hedge clippings
  • Straw and hay
  • Tissues, paper towels and napkins
  • Shredded confidential documents


  • Cooked food
  • Diseased plants
  • Animal droppings
  • Nappies
  • Dairy products