Composting at home


During lockdown all household waste recycling sites (‘tips’) remain open to the normal opening hours. With social distancing measures in place, there may be delays and queues into the sites. Vans (less than 3.5t only) are permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only. Van drivers must bring proof of address with two forms of ID (driver’s licence or recent utility bill) and will be subject to new trade waste inspections.

Compost bins

Great value garden compost bins, wormeries, kitchen (bokashi) composters, and water butts are available to anyone living in East Sussex County Council’s area (which excludes Brighton & Hove). Food waste digesters such as Green Cones and Green Johannas are also available. You can order the units through our suppliers, Straight plc.

For further information or to place an order see:

Website: Get composting
Phone: 0844 571 4444

For other units on the market, see our suppliers list below.

You could even have a go at building your own compost box or wormery – see the instruction leaflet below.

Read about compostable and biodegradable packaging.


Composting at home
All you need to know about home composting, from getting started to getting the best results.

Using your kitchen composter (Bokashi)
How to get the best results from your kitchen composter.

Composting, wormery, and water butt supplies
Suppliers of bins and butts, plus everything from Bokashi bran for your kitchen composter to worms for your wormery.

Compost pests – rats and flies
Tips on how to avoid rats and flies when composting.

Build a composter or wormery
Three projects to try at home. How to build a wooden compost box or a wormery from either wood or tyres.