London Borough of Barnet


Waste is now a valuable resource and composting at home is a great way to directly reap the benefits of your waste. Anyone can compost at home - you don’t need to be a keen gardener, have a big garden or even live in a house to make compost. 

Getting a compost bin

The council has an arrangement with Straight PLC to make compost bins available to residents at a reasonable price. They offer the following compost bins:

  • compost Converter 220L (buy one get one half price special offer)
  • compost Converter 330L (buy one get one half price special offer)
  • converter base plate (buy one get one half price special offer)

To order a compost bin, or for more information, please contact Straight, using the contact details to the right.

If you'd like to discuss which compost bin might be right for you then feel free to contact the Waste & Sustainability Team using the contact details to the right.

Getting started using your compost bin

If you're new to home composting, visit the Recycle Now website by clicking on the link on the right for some handy tips.

What can I put in my compost bin?

'Yes' items: you can put all of the following things into your compost bin:

  • raw fruit and vegetables
  • tea bags, coffee grounds and coffee filters
  • eggshells
  • plant remains (including cut flowers and house plants)
  • droppings from animals that eat plants (i.e. hamsters, rabbits) and associated bedding
  • egg boxes and cardboard e.g. cereal boxes and corrugated board (scrunched up) - avoid waxed cartons and sticky tape
  • paper - towels, napkins and bags (scrunched up)
  • old straw and hay
  • woody prunings (small quantities)
  • sawdust and wood shavings (small quantities).

'No' items: the following items should not be put into your compost bin:

  • meat, fish and bones
  • large woody material such as branches, large prunings or pieces of processed wood
  • droppings from any meat eating animals (like cats or dogs)
  • perennial weeds such as couch grass, ground elder, bindweed and oxalis - these might not die during composting and can re-sprout after the compost is harvested
  • poisonous plants such as oleander, hemlock and castor bean
  • leaves from plants containing acids and resins toxic to other plants such as eucalyptus, bay laurel, walnut, juniper, acacia, cypress and rhododendron
  • plants infested with persistent diseases such as club root and white rot
  • nappies.

Why compost at home

If you recycle all your paper, bottles, tins, and so on, and feel you could do more to reduce your environmental impact, composting at home is a great next step. It reduces waste to landfill, reduces greenhouse gas creation and puts valuable nutrients back into the soil.

If you grow your own veg, have a garden or have houseplants, you can save money by getting a free soil conditioner to improve plant health and keep the soil moist, which reduces water consumption.


Wormeries are specially sealed bins which house and active colony of tiger worms that naturally convert your food waste into concentrated liquid plant food and rich organic compost. They are ideal for flats or properties with small or no gardens. They can be kept indoors or out and are also great fun for children. To find out more about wormeries download the guide on the right. They can also be purchased on the Straight website by clicking on the link on the right. 

Street-based services

Building 9, Mill Hill Depot, Bittacy Hill, London, NW7 1BL

Tel: 020 8359 4600

Straight PLC

Supplies compost bins at a reasonable price to Barnet residents.

Tel: 0844 571 4444


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