Why compost?

There are lots of reasons why it is a good idea to compost.  Different reasons will motivate different people.  Many people start composting for practical reasons.  Home composting your leaves, grass clippings, garden waste and food scraps reduces the amount of rubbish you generate and creates a useful product.

It is estimated that 20% of the UK's greenhouse emissions are associated with waste food.  Food scraps and garden waste are thought to make up 20 to 30% of what ends up in landfill.  When these decompostable materials go to landfill they produce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (which has a much greater damaging impact than CO2).  Composting diverts these material from landfill and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are associated with global warming, and climate change.

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What do we do on Coll?

  • Community composting scheme with the RIDAN composter at the Old Hall.

We have made the decision to concentrate on non-avoidable fruit and veg waste and peelings and not add plate scrapings. 

To find out more about how the RIDAN composter works check out the website.



  • Workshops on how to compost with the Ridan Composter 


  • Offering support to individuals interested in starting to compost at home.


  • Hot bin trial for plate scrappings and food scraps

We also have two Hot Bins on trial in the community which enable composting of plate scrapings.  Read more about this here.

This link is currently not working, but will be fixed shortly.  The page can be found as a sub page under composting menu, thank you.



How can I get involved?

Bags of the compost or soil improver made in the Ridan from donated fruit and veg kitchen waste is available for a donation from the Old Hall. Also, let a member of RecyColl or second-hand shop staff know if you would like to assist with the Ridan project!