Home composting

Free Home Compost Bins

Free black 220-litre home composters are available for collection by Stirling Council residents from all three Household Waste Recycling Centres (Balfron, Callander and Polmaise) during their normal opening hours. 

Why Compost At Home?

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

Free Home Compost Bins  

Hand with home compost

To help get you started, a free, black 220-litre home composter is available from Stirling Council at Lower Polmaise. Give us a call to arrange a pick-up - 01786 237 561 (two composters per household maximum).  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.  

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 people have reported to be very helpful involves a rotary lawn mower. 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 hugel 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."

Permaculture growing beds 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Download flyers

Three one-page flyers can be downloaded here for quick advice on three popular types of home composting:

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 on kelly@forthenvironmentlink.org.