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Home Composting - Order a new composter

Home Compost Bins are available from all main Torridge offices at a very reasonable cost of £13.50 each. Inc VAT

  • Where To Buy
  • Composting Recipe

Cheque and card payments can be made at a TDC office and home delivery can be arranged or they can be collected from a TDC office. Please note that cash payment is no longer possible at TDC offices.

Click on the link below for the online order form.

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Composters

The Composters are strong, simple and rigid in construction, need no assembly and are easy to use. An extra wide hatch allows for easy removal of finished compost.

The Composters available are 220 litres, green in colour, 900mm in height and 740mm in diameter.


How composting works

In nature, organic wastes are broken down through a combination of biological and chemical processes. Biological agents like worms, insects, fungi, bacteria and other micro-organisms "chew up" the materials, which are further transformed by oxidation (exposure to air), reduction and hydrolysis (exposure to water).


Composting recipe

For successful composting, you need:

  • The right amount of water and air to keep the biological and chemical processes functioning.
  • The right temperature. Ever notice how quickly things go 'bad' in warm - weather? For the purposes of composting, the warmer it gets, the better. In a cool environment, the composting process slows down. The internal temperature of a compost pile is also important. When the process of decomposition is at its peak, the compost will tend to generate quite a bit of heat. In a sense it's 'cooking'.
  • The right C:N ratio. This is the proportion of carbon to nitrogen in your compost unit. This ratio will affect the speed of decomposition. Ideally, your C:N ratio should be thirty to one. Grass clippings, plant trimmings and kitchen scraps are high in nitrogen. Sawdust, straw, wood chips and dry leaves are high in carbon - A mixture of kitchen and garden waste should give you close to the ideal ratio.
  • The right container, you should use a compost unit. You can build your own or buy one from the Council or, a local hardware store or garden supply centre.

The finished product will be a dark, rich, soil-like substance with a good earthy smell.