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Home Composting

What is compost?

Compost forms as a result of the breakdown of organic material by organisms. Once the organic material has rotted it can be put on the soil to protect roots of young plants and restrict weed growth. It can also be dug in to act as a conditioner which fertilises, provides soil structure and helps retain moisture.

Why compost?

  • Recycles nutrients back into the soil
  • Reduces water consumption which improves soil structure and helps to retain water
  • Raises the fibre in the soil helping it bind together
  • Improves plant health growth, increasing yields
  • Increases nutritional quality of home grown foods
  • Reduces reliance on chemical pesticides
  • Converts waste into a valuable resource
  • Reduces reliance on land-filling of waste

How can I start composting?

For further information:

  • Contact: Contracts Team,
  • Email: customer.services@eden.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 01768 817817
  • Fax: 01768 890732
  • Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG
Composting at home