The development of the house and garden meant a fair bit of digging. We actually landfilled a tiny proportion of the spoil (in bags to the local tip). The bank of the wild pond and our raised beds absorbed the vaste majority. Use has been made of all the materials left over from major constructions. Spare timber that is not usable or too large to shred provides firewood for our fire - providing a treat for cold winter nights!

Our 5 large (0.75m3) New Zealand bins absorb the significant amounts of compostable material we generate, including vegetable kitchen waste. At any one time there will be 3 being filled, one being used and another 'rotting down'. Twice a year we turn the 3 filling bins into the emptying bin (when empty!) and compress, wet and cover the result. Material will have been on the heaps for a year before it is fully composted. The vaste majority of the compost is used on the veggie beds.

Leaf bags in the foreground and bins behind.

Note the covers on the 2 centre bins

We have 5 large size builders bags for collecting leaves. These take approximately 3 years to rot down due to the predominance of beech in the mix. We aim to enter the autumn with 3 empty bags. Fully rotted leaf mould is put into small bags to await spreading - mainly as a mulch on flower beds. We produce 8-10 small (reused) compost bags each year.  

20+ tightly packed recycling bags of wild flower meadow hay are usually harvested in August and 'Freecycled'. The weather was so bad in 2022 that the hay was unusable and had to composted.