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Home composting

Compost giveaway

Our free compost giveaway is returning on Sunday 13 May, 9am - 11am, at Cupid Green Depot, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7BA.

Compost is pre-bagged and will be issued on a first come, first served basis and limited to two bags per car only.

Free compost is given away to residents to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (6-12 May). Ten tonnes of compost - which was made from the contents of the borough's green-lidded bins and provided by D Williams and Co - will be available in our annual giveaway.

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

Food waste in kitchen caddyEvery 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