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Home Composting

Start home composting today! 


Where can I get a compost bin?

You can buy a home compost bin for €20.00 at any of the following Public Service Centres and Town Council Offices :


  • Carndonagh Public Services Centre - 074 9153900
  • Donegal Town Public Services Centre - 074 9153900
  • Dungloe Public Services Centre - 074 9153900
  • Letterkenny Public Services Centre - 074 9153900
  • Lifford Environment Section - 074 9153900
  • Milford Public Services Centre - 074 9153900


Where can I get more information on composting?


Download an excellent New Compost Booklet here.


For lots more information on composting visit Stop Food Waste for more great tips or  call Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer, Donegal County Council  Tel : (074) 91 53900 or email: [email protected]


What can I put in my compost bin?


The following is a list of waste materials from your home and garden that can be added to a compost bin. You must make sure that you add a mixture of both the Green (G) and Brown (B) Materials. 


Tea Leaves/ Bags (G) and Coffee Grounds (B)
Squeeze excess water from tea bags.
Coffee filter can be added
Egg Shells (B)


and Crush
Kitchen Waste i.e. uncooked vegetables, peelings, skins and fruit etc (G)
Shredded Newspapers and soft cardboard (B)
Don’t use large quantities at once. Mix with fruit, vegetable or grass
Wood/Peat ashes (B)
Do not add these ashes if firelighters were used to start fire
Cut/Dead Flowers (G)
Pet/Human Hair (B)
Vacuum/Hoover Bag Contents (B)
Including paper part of bag
Grass Cuttings (G)
Do not add large amounts at once. Mix with paper/cardboard
Hedge Clippings / Prunings (B)
Slow to breakdown. Shred if possible
Old Plants (G)
Do not add if infected with disease
Weeds/Nettles (G)
Sawdust/Woodchips/Shavings (B)
Use if compost is too soggy
Pet Manure i.e. rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters (G)
Animals bedding can also be added
Hay and Straw (B)
In small amounts
Do Not Add the Following
Meat/Chicken/ Fish
May attract Vermin and Flies
Cooked Kitchen Scraps
Contain too much water
Cat/Dog Waste
Can contain parasites
Dairy Products
May attract vermin or flies
Persistent Weeds
Can infect Soil


Green Waste

Green Waste


Garden waste is biodegradable garden waste like hedge trimmings, lawn clippings, light branches and leaves which is a valuable resource within your garden. Recycling garden waste within the garden is the natural, sustainable option, reducing our impact on global warming and strengthening the soil's capacity to adapt to climate change.


  • Garden waste can be recycled in your compost bin or heap with your uncooked fruit and vegetables as well as some paper and cardboard.
  • If you have too much garden waste to compost you can take it to your local Recycling Centre at a cost of €2 per bag.
  • Some waste collectors offer a garden waste service, contact your waste collector for further details.




GrassCycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving grass clippings on the lawn when mowing. Once on the ground the clippings, which contain 80-85% water, decompose quickly returning valuable nutrients like nitrogen back into the soil.










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