Trafford Housing Trust

Get composting!


We want to create attractive neighbourhoods for residents to live in, reduce waste and help to create a sustainable future. One way we’re doing this is by encouraging local people to get involved with environmentally friendly activities, such as composting.

From the 5th June, green bins are for food waste only unless you’ve paid for Trafford Council’s new collection service, charged at £35 per year. This means, if you haven’t signed up to the service, you’ll have to dispose of your garden waste yourself. If you only have a small amount of green waste, you can request a free caddiy by calling the Council on 03330 035865.


Composting is simple and easy to do and will help prevent thousands of tonnes of kitchen and garden waste ending up in landfill. The end result is a nutritious fertiliser to grow beautiful plants and improve soil structure for drainage.

We’re offering FREE composting bins to residents in our flats or communal buildings to help reduce the thousands of tonnes of kitchen and garden waste that ends up in landfill, just contact the Customer Hub on 0300 777 7777 or email to request one.

Discounted composting bins are also available for everyone else in the area, just put your postcode in here 

Check out our top tips for composting: 

  • Use grass, leaves and garden waste as a base for your compost. You can also add thin twigs or branches.
  • Old newspapers or paper for the recycling bin are excellent for composting – remember to shred or tear it first to speed up the process.
  • Add kitchen scraps such as egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels.
  • Avoid adding chemicals to your compost, such as plants that have been treated with pesticides as these will kill the vital bacteria for forming your compost
  • Remember to turn your compost over regularly to help it break down and add air into the pile to help bacteria thrive
  • Keep an even balance of materials as too much of any one will slow down the composting process
  • Try your first attempt in the summer months since compost works best when warm.
  • Don’t let your compost dry out – it needs to keep some moisture for the process to be active. But equally, don’t let it get too wet either, it shouldn’t be soggy or produce excess liquid when pressed.

How long does it take?

The amount of time needed to produce compost depends on several factors, including the size of the pile, the types of materials, and how often it’s turned.

How can you tell when it’s ready to use?

Compost should be rich, dark and soil-like in appearance – you shouldn’t be able to recognise any of the items you put in! The pile will also have shrunk significantly, up to half its original size.

If composting isn’t for you and you haven’t signed up for the new green bin charge, other ways to dispose of your garden waste include taking it to your local disposal sites (see below) or requesting a green waste caddy as a swap from Trafford Council for the large green waste bin. If you only have a small amount of green waste, then this will be collected from the green caddy for free.

Trafford disposal sites:


Chester Road Household Waste Recycling Centre

Chester Road


M32 9AU

Telephone: 0161 865 8817


Sinderland Road Household Waste Recycling Centre

Woodhouse Lane (off Sinderland Road)


WA14 5TB

Telephone: 0161 928 6995

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