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What is the difference between Peat Compost and Green Waste Compost?

Greenwaste Compost Windrows
Greenwaste Compost Windrow

Differences Between Green-waste and Peat Based Compost:

Green-waste compost is made from organic materials such as leaves, grass cuttings, and branches. Peat-based compost, on the other hand, is made from peat moss, which is a type of moss that grows in wetland areas. Both types are used in gardening and landscaping, but the green-waste variety has several benefits over the peat-based.

Peat bog of the type that could be used for compost
Peat Bog

Pros and Cons of both types of Compost:

One of the main benefits of green-waste compost is that it is more sustainable. Peat moss is a non-renewable resource, meaning that once it is extracted, it cannot be replaced. In contrast, green-waste compost is made from recycled materials that are readily available and can be replenished naturally. Additionally, the process of extracting peat moss can have negative impacts on wetlands and the wildlife that live there. Green-waste compost, on the other hand, does not harm the environment in the same way and could be argued that it is a net benefit as far as emissions, as it reduces methane that would be released if that material had been disposed of in landfill.

Another benefit of green-waste compost is that it is more nutritious for plants. Peat moss is relatively low in nutrients, and it is often mixed with other materials to make it more suitable for growing plants. Green-waste compost, on the other hand, is rich in nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium and many other micro nutrients. These nutrients are essential for plant growth and development, and they can help to improve the health and appearance of your plants.

Picture of fine compost
Fine compost Compost Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash

Green-waste compost is also more effective at improving soil structure. Peat moss is relatively light and fluffy, and it can help to improve the drainage of soil. However, it does not add much in terms of organic matter, which is important for maintaining healthy soil. Green-waste compost, on the other hand, is rich in organic matter, and it can help to improve the structure of soil, making it more porous and able to retain moisture. This can help to reduce the need for watering and make it easier for roots to penetrate the soil.

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Circular Economy

Finally, green-waste compost is often cheaper than peat-based compost. Peat moss is a non-renewable resource, and it can be expensive to extract and transport. Green-waste compost, on the other hand, is made from materials that are readily available, and it can be produced locally, reducing costs. Additionally, many councils offer kerbside pickup of green-waste, making it easy and convenient for homeowners to dispose of their garden waste.

Greenwaste stockpile before composting
Green-waste prior to being turned into compost


In conclusion, green-waste compost is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to peat-based compost. It is more nutritious for plants, more effective at improving soil structure, and often cheaper. Additionally, it can help to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. While peat-based compost may be suitable for certain applications, green-waste compost is generally a better choice for gardening and landscaping. By choosing green-waste compost, homeowners and gardeners can help to protect the environment, create a circular economy and ensure that their plants thrive.

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