Composting is the breakdown of organic material such as kitchen or garden waste by organisms that feed on the waste and convert it into an earth-like mass. The compost can then be used as a soil conditioner. Most garden waste, such as grass cuttings, hedge clippings, weeds, old plants and garden cuttings, vegetable wastes and fallen leaves can be composted. Kitchen waste like fruit and vegetable remains, tea bags and coffee grounds, flowers, crushed eggshells, newspaper and light cardboard can also be composted.

Home Composting

Items that CAN be composted

  • Teabags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg cartons
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Weeds
  • Old plants and garden cuttings
  • Vegetable wastes
  • Fallen leaves
  • Fruit and vegetable remains
  • Crushed egg shells
  • Newspapers
  • Light cardboard

Items that CANNOT be composted

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Cooked food
  • Cat and dog waste.
  • Non biodegradable items - plastic, metals

290 litre Compost bins are available from Offaly County Council for €30 (incl. VAT) and Kitchen Kaddys are available for €3.00 (incl. VAT)
Payment can be made at the Cash Office in Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore OR by Credit/Laser card only at the recycling centres.
All bins can be collected from the recycling centres - receipt must be presented if payment made at Cash Office.

Check out the free downloadable "Compost for Nature Guide" from An Taisce