Home composting

Free compost giveaway

On Sunday 12 May 2019 we will be hosting a free compost giveaway.

Anyone who lives in Dacorum can come to Cupid Green Depot, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7BA, between 9am and midday to pick up some free compost. The event may end early if compost runs out.

You must bring your own empty compost or rubble bags and a shovel to collect your compost. The compost will not be pre-bagged as with previous years.

The compost will be limited to two bags per vehicle and given away on a first-come, first-served basis - so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

In 2018/19, Dacorum residents recycled 10,000 tonnes of garden waste in their green-lidded bins. This event is a thank you to residents for recycling and provides an opportunity to see what your old garden waste has been turned into, and then use it again on your gardens. Biogen is the company that turns your garden waste into nutritious compost and it has kindly donated the compost for this event.

Home composting

It’s easy to recycle your kitchen and garden waste at home by composting it. Over time this inexpensive and natural process will break down your waste and become a rich soil improver for your garden. Compost can be used for pot plants, flower beds, vegetable patches and even lawns. 

Please note: cardboard and food waste should no longer be put in the green-lidded bin. For a reminder of what materials are acceptable, visit our green-lidded bin page.

Compost bins

Compost bin example

Compost bins are available online from a variety of places, including the Get Composting website.

On selected models, you can buy two compost bins and receive the second bin half price. Further details are available on its website.

More information and advice about home composting and the multi-buy scheme can be found on the Hertfordshire WasteAware and Recycle Now websites.

Food waste caddies

Every household in the borough is entitled to one five-litre kitchen caddy and one 23-litre kerbside caddy. The kitchen caddy will help you to collect food waste which can then be emptied into either your home compost bin or into the kerbside caddy for weekly collection. If you have not already received one you can request a kitchen caddy using our online forms.

Remember, unlike a home composter your kerbside food waste collection is for all food waste including meat waste, cooked vegetables and plate scraps.

Request a kitchen caddy

Buy compost

All of our Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips/dumps) sell 50-litre bags of 100 per cent recycled and peat-free soil improver for £5 per bag. This is made from the recycled contents of your green-lidded bins.