Food Waste Composter

Join us and become a BSW&V Community Green Group Food Waste Composter! Current Composters & Donors Tips

Composter 1

What is this initiative and what are the benefits? 

If you have a compost bin and are happy to receive food waste from someone local to add to it, you become a food waste composter.  As a composter, you increase your compost production which also saves money on buying compost and the single use plastic bags it comes in!

If you don’t have a compost bin, the space for one or the inclination and time to run one, you become a food waste donor.  By donating your food waste, you don’t contaminate your black bin contents with food waste (some items could be recycled from black bins and probably will be more so in the future).

The compost produced adds important nutrients and micro-organisms to soil which positively impacts the environment around it.  Most importantly, you are both reducing greenhouse gas emissions (methane) which is one of the main causes of the planet heating up and in turn, life threatening consequences of climate change.

Composter 2

How does it work?

To register as a composter or donor, contact the Food Waste Group use the form at the bottom of the group’s main page.  

If you offer to be a composter, our Community Composting Liaison will reply to you, post your details on the website* and forward you the email address of someone nearby who wants to become a food waste donor if there is one at that point.  If there isn’t, she will keep your details and send you the details of a donor once one becomes available.

If you would like to be a donor, our Community Composting Liaison will reply to you, post your details on the website* and forward your email address on to a nearby composter.  The composter should then make contact with you and tell you what type of food waste they are prepared to take and you agree between you how to drop the food waste off (eg. leave on driveway / knock on door).  Please be patient as the scheme may take a while to really get going and you may find it’s a while before someone near you joins.  If you are already receiving food waste from someone else, but don’t want any more, it would still be great to add you to the list (map eventually) so that we can see how many people are food waste composting in our community.

Email enquiry forms from the website will only be seen by:

  1. Myself as the Food Waste Group leader
  2. The website administrator who is a steering group member of the BSW&V Community Green Group
  3. The Community Composting liaison who is a member of the Food Waste Group
  4. The composter once a nearby one becomes available so that they can make contact with you

* Names, addresses or email addresses are not posted on the website, only approximate locations.

Basic rules!

Donors – please only donate what the composter asks for as different types of compost bins cope with different types of waste.  Please only leave the food waste in the agreed place and bring in the agreed type of container.

Some useful tips to stay composting friends!

Depending on what you can compost, composters could ask for vegetable and fruit waste only, or expand it to include other food waste eg. tea bags, egg shells, cooked food waste or even chicken and fish bones (recommended only with a successfully running hot bin).  Some people like egg shells to be kept separate as they are better if they are ground before being added.  Maybe you can take your food waste in a re-usable plastic container (and if you are just leaving it in a designated place, the composter could leave a rinsed out one from the time before in its place).  Try not to use plastic bags if possible as they would then have to be thrown away in the black bin as non-recyclable, unless the composter washed them out scrupulously!

Compost bin types and information

Any type of composting method is acceptable on this initiative.  Perhaps you could get your children interested in a wormery?  Hot bins generally produce fully composted waste within 10-12 weeks in comparison to more regular composting methods which can take up to 12 months and can compost more varied food waste than a wormery or regular compost bin.  Because the hot bin works between 40-60 degrees, it also kills weed seeds, pathogens, fly eggs and larvae.  When run efficiently they can even compost things such as chicken and fish bones and don’t attract rodents like some regular composters do, partly down to design, eg. being sealed at the bottom with small holes which only lets worms in and out and partly because the heat composts the food so much faster which means no smell to attract rodents.

If you are interested in purchasing a hot bin, there are now many types on the market.  Great Green Systems are currently offering their hot bins at a discounted price.

As there are so many different types of hot bins available, it is worth stressing that it is best to do a fair amount of research first and work out which type would be best for you.  It can actually take quite a bit of management to become a successful hot bin composter especially with the more basic varieties.

Tips for successful composting!

You do have to put some effort into keeping it topped up with a mix of different wet and dry ‘ingredients’ as well as regularly mixing the waste to provide aeration.  These measures are to avoid ending up with either a very pungent and wet, or compacted and not properly composted material (although some hot bins do produce a liquid which can be used as garden feed – they have a tap to be able to syphon this liquid off).  There are many online blogs written by other composters which can help and organisations like Zero Waste Leeds offer lots of tips if you follow them.

Eggs shells are better crushed separately before adding to the compost.

Read our blog post by clicking here as to how to manage your home compost, its almost like a science experiment!

Please let me have any tips or information about what to avoid doing based on your experiences and I will post these so that we can share ideas and help each other compost successfully.Current Composters and Donors

Boston Spa

  1. Composter – near Deepdale who has 2 donors and can take more
  2. Composter – near Village Hall, but has enough donors now
  3. Composter – near Village Hall who is looking for donors
  4. Donor – near Boston Spa Academy who is looking for a composter

Bramham

  1. Composter – near Freely Lane and looking for donors
  2. Composter – near the village shop, but has enough donors now

Clifford

  1. Composter – Clifford Allotment who has donors and is looking for more donors

Wetherby

  1. Donor – near Crossley Street car park and looking for a composter

Tadcaster

  1. Composter – near Station Road who is looking for more donors

Newton Kyme

No composters or donors as yet.

Thorp Arch

No composters or donors as yet.

Walton

No composters or donors as yet.

Sara King – sara.king@bostongreengroup.co.uk