School children learning what can and can't be composted

What can go in my compost bin?

Good compost depends on a variety of ingredients to make the right mix. These ingredients are in plentiful supply - did you know that a third of all waste in the average kitchen bin can be composted? You will also find many types of materials in your school which can be composted in a basic compost bin (or compost heap) - but not everything is suitable so check out the list below before you get going.


Yes Please! 




No Thanks!



  • Cooked food e.g. meat, pasta, mashed potato
  • Sandwiches
  • Raw meat and fish, including bones
  • Dairy products e.g. yoghurt
  • Diseased plants
  • Weeds with seends
  • Metals
  • Plastic items
  • Glass items


(You can compost some of the items from the ‘No Thanks’ list if you have a special system designed to deal with food waste – see the 'Composting Systems' page to find out more)

Now you know what to put in – click here for some top tips on how to get started and get the most from your compost bin. 


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