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Composting

CompostingComposting is a natural process whereby micro-organisms transform organic waste materials into a soil-like product called humus. Kitchen scraps, leaves and yard waste, paper, wood, food-processing wastes, as well as agricultural crop wastes and animal manures, are excellent organic waste materials that can be composted. Composting has two main benefits: it helps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and to recover a valuable resource. It is estimated that about 40 to 60 percent of the total waste stream could be composted. If you have a garden, composting is easy and takes up very little time or space and in the end it will save you money.

What Can I Compost?

It is recommended that materials be composted into two categories, Greens and Browns. Good compost is achieved by balancing the compost mix, which would mean having two parts green to one part brown. 

You can order your own Home Compost Bin from your Local Authority.

Links and Resources

  • Composting Association of Ireland Composting Association of Ireland
    Aims to promote composting and compost utilisation in Ireland, to infuse best practices into the development of an industry, to promote public awareness of composting practice, to promote research... more »
  • Composting & Wildlife Gardening Composting and Wildlife Gardening
    Have you ever wondered if you could make your own compost at home or are you looking for answers to problems you may have encountered while composting? more »
  • Race against Waste Race Against Waste
    Composting is an easy way to recycle your garden and kitchen rubbish, and it is a critical step in reducing the volume of waste needlessly sent to landfills for disposal. It provides a useful means of transforming... more »

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