Free Home Compost Bins

Free black 220-litre home composters are available for collection by Stirling Council residents from some of our Household Waste Recycling Centres  during their normal opening hours (please check availability before arriving at the centre). You'll need some evidence that you're a Stirling Council resident such as a utility bill with your address on it or your Council Tax bill.

 A maximum of two composters are available per household and these are only available for collection.

Why Compost At Home?

Composting at home is one of the most effective and environmentally friendly ways of dealing with your garden waste.  

How to compost at home 

Larger compost bins

To handle more material, larger compost bins can easily be made from a few used wooden pallets. Gardener's World website has an excellent article showing how it's done.

Here's an article with some good ideas about how to aerate a large pile without turning.

Leaf Mould

Making leaf mould is a very simple process.  In six months you can have a good mulch and in 12 months a good potting compost you've made yourself.  Especially useful if you have lots of leaves, but it will work just as well with smaller amounts.

Here's some leaf mould guidance from the BBC and a Gardeners World video with Monty Don

Lawnmower mixing

A useful technique that a couple of people have reported being very helpful involves a rotary lawnmower. Sweep leaves into the middle of the grass and simply mow over them. This chops them up and they tend to take up less space -- especially as they settle. If you're making leaf mould, the process will be speeded up.  If you're composting, mix the leaves with an equal amount of grass cuttings before putting them in the compost bin and it will accelerate the composting process.

Hugel Beds

Another good idea for lots of garden waste comes from Permaculture magazine:  "..Instead of putting branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside for the bin men... build a huge bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies."

Forth Environment Link

Finally, Forth Environment Link may be able to include instruction and advice about home composting in upcoming workshops related to Forth Upcycling Network. 

For further information, please contact Kelly Rice.