Getting Started with Composting

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There are several systems to get started at home (see our article on composting):

  • a heap (loose pile)
  • a container (e.g. with walls of wood, usually several in a row)
  • a bin (usually out of dark coloured plastic with a lid and an aeration stick, available in different models at garden centres)
  • a wormery: home made (e.g. towering plastic containers), or bought (including worms) online (e.g. Can O’Worms), at nature shops (e.g. Nature et Decouvertes at City 2 and Woluwe Shopping), or at a collective composting place (more info see below, they sell nice models in wood at the one in Watermael-Boisfort, on Sunday afternoons only),
  • a Bokashi system, composting cooked food and meat: Belgian Bokashi blog in English
  • tumbling system, etc...

How to get started at home or through your commune

  • Read our article on composting
  • Come to our annual composting workshop in English with demonstrations of all the systems by master composters - see Events.

Your commune can give information about:

  • composting at the local container park (including demos);
  • collection of kitchen and or garden waste in some communes
  • subsidies for buying bins - overview for Brussels in Dutch and French
  • a master composter in your area to get advice: an English speaking one in one of the Brussels communes (see here or here) + or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find one on the East-side of Brussels

Collective composting

In many places, you can find collective composting projects. Find the nearest collective composting site in Brussels here. If your neighbourhood does not have one yet, consider starting one with your neighbours: you can get support of the Brussels Environmental Institute IBGE/BIM for this.

More info on composting in general and with links to Brussels in Dutch or French.

This article was originally published in the January 2010 edition of the Sunbeams Newsletter.

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