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Free compost
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Free compost

Almost 12,500 tonnes of food and garden waste is collected from North Ayrshire each year.

This is then recycled into rich compost which is:

  • made available for use by the Council
  • offered from time to time to residents for free

This helps us to close the loop and provide you with a valuable resource for your garden.

The compost will be loose, so please bring a bag and shovel with you. Each giveaway will commence at noon. Please adhere to local COVID-19 guidance and keep safe.

Benefits of using compost

If you're a resident of North Ayrshire, our free compost giveaways will help you to:

  • grow healthy vegetables and plants
  • give your garden a boost
  • improve nutrient availability for next spring

Autumn is an important time for gardeners. Beds, leaves and windfall fruits will need to be cleared before the winter months set in. Applying compost is one of the best ways to increase the health of your garden.

By recycling the Right Stuff in the Right Bin, you can:

  • help us reduce the £3 million spent sending waste for final disposal
  • contribute to environmental initiatives such as these which give something back to the community

Thank you for recycling your food and garden waste in your Brown Bin.


Here are some of the locations you can collect compost from:

  • Garrison House, Millport - 11 September 2021
  • Household Waste Recycling Centre, Market Road, Brodick - 13 September 2021
  • Irvine Beach Park car park (near Harbour Pilot House), Irvine - 14 September 2021
  • Stevenston Shore, Trelawney Terrace car park - 15 September 2021
  • Kilbirnie Library car park (behind library) - 16 September 2021
  • Vikingar car park, Largs - 17 September 2021