What is community composting?

community composting

Community composting enables local communities to collect garden material from households in the community, take it to a community site and make it into compost that can be used by local residents.

It is another way in which local communities can recycle garden waste within their areas.

Norfolk County Council can help provide an income from community composting schemes through our Recycling Credits payments. Approved schemes are paid for each tonne of garden waste they collect.

Community composting schemes also help to bring members of the local community closer together.

Community composting schemes

Below is a video on how Trunch Village Society Community Composting Group operates their community composting scheme. Volunteers collect garden waste from participating households. They then weigh it, shred it and place it in compost bays. The maturing compost is turned and eventually sieved, bagged and offered as compost for a donation.

More about setting up a scheme

See steps 1-3 below for a guide to setting up a scheme.

1 – What is a community composting scheme?

2 – Why have a community composting scheme?

3 – How to set up a community composting scheme

Recommended reading and further information:

4 – Planning permission for CCS

5 – Environment agency exemptions

6 – Grant funding for CCS

7 – Insurance for CCS

8 – Earn community composting credits

Further information can also be obtained from the Community Composting Network (now merged into the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens).