5 Ways To Use Your Garden For Recycling

It’s a sad fact of life that no matter how hard we try, most of us still produce some rubbish each week. But had you considered that a number of common household waste items could be reused or recycled in your own garden to reduce the amount of rubbish you send to landfill?

In this article I’d like to examine just a few ways in which you can reduce the rubbish you throw away (and also save money) by reusing some of your rubbish in the garden and so reducing the amount of garden equipment you need to buy.

Leftover Food

Compost heaps aren’t just for fallen leaves and grass clippings. They can also be used to turn leftover food into rich compost ready for adding nutrients to your soil. Whilst fruit and vegetables in any state of decay are normally fine in a compost heap, care must be taken over some items such as meat.

Not only can meat attract vermin but it also produces nasty fluids and so on so if you want to recycle meat at home it is advisable to invest in a digester which can be bought from many online eco friendly stores.

Egg Shells

Egg shells can be composted or can be broken up and used as a mulch for carnations who seem to thrive on the nutrients that old egg shells give off.


Why not consider using old wood to build yourself some raised beds in your garden or on your allotment? Old timber could also be used to create a small shed to house your excess food over winter or for creating cloches.


One of the real bugbears of modern society is the use of polystrene which typically isn’t recyclable, but is bulky. So what can be done? In an experiment some years ago I tried breaking it up into smaller chunks and using these instead of stones to provide drainage at the bottom of plant pots.

I have found it works very well indeed for this purpose and I have never had any problems at all.

Plastic Containers

Many plastic containers can of course be used to either harvest rainwater for use in your garden or as growing containers for a range of vegetables depending on their shape and size. Even tiny containers like meat trays or yogurt pots can be used for germinating seeds before planting out in the garden.

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