Get composting and free up space in your bins

Councillor Sue Dann and Shirley Netherton from the Council’s Recycling team with one of the home compost bins.

A new home composting scheme for Plymouth could help residents to compost up to a third of their household waste and deal it in a more efficient and eco-friendly way.

As part of Plymouth City Council’s ongoing commitment to a cleaner, greener city, from 23 September 2019 the Council is making it easier for residents to compost by teaming up with Get Composting.

It’s being kicked off to tie in with National Recycle Week (23 – 30 September) which is led by WRAP.

Under the new scheme you will be able to order a compost bin in the size and colour you want, you will be able to put in the compost bin:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Paper and card
  • Food waste
  • Dead flowers

You can choose a black or green bin and there are different sizes too.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene for Plymouth City Council, said: “We’re delighted to be able to encourage residents to sign up for the Get Composting scheme, which has already been a success in many other areas of the country.

“Home composting is a great way to dispose of organic waste such as food and garden waste and it’s even better as it deals with the waste at source, saving on the carbon footprint because it doesn’t have to be transported anywhere.

“If you sign up for home composting you will get a home composting bin in a size to suit your need, these are recyclable and guaranteed for seven years. This will also free up space in your brown household waste bin.

“More than 30 per cent of the average household waste can be composted and WRAP estimates that the use of a home compost bin diverts approximately 150kg of waste per household away from being thrown away every day.

“It couldn’t be easier, all you need to do is sign up online with Get Composting at, type in your postcode, and order your bin.”

The compost bins are available from £18.50.

Go to and choose your compost bin.