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Composting at school

How composting can help reduce waste at schools


  • Composting is fun and educational
  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Grass clippings and woody cuttings

Composting is fun and educational

Composting is an excellent way to recycle food and green waste at school and provides a free source of fertiliser for the school grounds.

As a trade customer of Colchester Borough Council your school is entitled to free 5 litre classroom caddies to collect school food waste for composting.  For more details please contact us on 01206 282700.

Before your school receives the bins and caddies, think about where to situate them. Classroom caddies are designed to store fruit and vegetable waste indoors. It is a good idea to put them in kitchens, dining areas and staff rooms.

Primary schools

Primary schools can also order 2 free 330l compost bins. To claim your bins email with your name, address, phone number, email and delivery address if different.

For any queries regarding your order please contact Straight plc on 0845 130 6090 or visit

Click here to visit the recyclenow website to download for school packs on composting (Key Stages 1 and 2), an online compost game and lots more handy tips and interesting information.

Secondary schools

Click here for information about the Eco-Schools Programme. Registering with the programme is a prerequisite for receiving 2 compost bins for free, as long as stocks last. Secondary schools that are already signed up to the Eco-School Programme can order 2 free compost bins. Please call on 01206 282430 for more information.

Grass Clippings & Woody Cuttings

Hauling away grass clippings deprives your school grounds of a natural fertiliser. When grass clippings are left right where they lie after cutting they will improve your turf, as long as their bulk is kept at a minimum.    

Also leave woody cuttings from trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants in piles within a shrub bed to create a home for wildlife.   Wood piles are a valuable habitat for mosses, lichens and fungi, as well as many insects.  Click here for information on how to improve the bio diversity in your school grounds.

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