Easy Home Composting Of Kitchen Waste: The Complete Guide
Home composting is now mainstream having emerged from the shadows of minimalism. But how do you embark on composting? What do you need to make compost from kitchen waste? What are the technical aspects of composting? Do you know that you don’t need a compost pit to recycle kitchen waste at home?
In the midst of the reality of adversities of global warming, international terrorism and unrelenting global poverty, it increasingly is becoming evident that the beauty of life this 21st century lies in the lunar-like steps that man is making. Steps that are best represented by the labored mainstreaming of lifestyles prior thought to be ‘weird’ or just out right deviant.
Like green living.
The 21st century is the age of the hippie. Reason? Minimalism in its different shades punctuates everyday living.
Take the case of the now in vogue home composting. At the barest, composting is minimalism by reducing waste. Kitchen waste and other biodegradable stuff like paper, which would have otherwise been just waste, finds use as compost.
The bedrock of this transformation in human existence has been the steady build up of a tool. A tool far greater than the man’s discovery of the art of manipulation of stone and iron: Knowledge.
The knowledge age is a gathering moss of scientific evidence that calls upon us all to exist sustainability. I recommend the Jeffery Sachs bestseller Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet as an apt start to understanding why we each need to take responsibility if we are to save the planet.
Sustainable living is the premise that man in seeking sustenance, he must also care for the SHE organism that sustains all life: The earth.
With the green living movement gaining momentum, without warning, words like climate change, sustainability, Eco-friendly and recycling are in vogue.
They are the new sexy and sophisticated.
Green is the new black.
In here, a mini-resource guide to help you get on with the spirit of the times with home composting.
Step 1: Begin Your Home Composting Journey By First Separating Your Fruit and Vegetable Waste
Have at least two garbage bins: One for non-biodegradable recyclable stuff like plastic bottles and paper bags. The second for biodegradable waste like kitchen waste.The recyclable stuff like plastic bottles can be dropped at recycling points in supermarkets and other designated spots, earning you a few coins for the trouble.
More supermarkets and stores are recognizing the 21st century maxim that green business translates to more green. As a result, in an attempt at getting ahead of the pack in the cut throat world of consumerism, their management is encouraging shoppers to undertake recycling by offering redeemable loyalty points as a reward.
Moreover, as a home owner, for one to get the piece of the pie, a simple step like disposing kitchen scrapings into a designated bin, and there after decomposing the kitchen waste in a compost bin is all that it takes. The resultant compost is green gold saving you money through growing of your own food. Besides, the chances of a better living space increase as the compost manure is sure to be beneficial to your potted indoor house plants.
Step 2: Home Composting Using Modern Compost Bins
Home composting is offering alternatives to garbage disposal in green environmentally friendly ways. Gone are the days where composting at home meant that you had to have a yard big enough for your dog, your children and a compost pit tacked somewhere at the corner away from sight.
With new home composting products like compost tumblers, even people who reside in apartments have the opportunity to turn their kitchen and other biodegradable waste into useful compost.
These new cool and green alternatives in home composting are readily available in supermarkets. You can also easily be constructed compost bins at home using do-it-yourself tools and materials. At a low-cost, you can even hook up a simple bio-gas generating kit for your home!
Tips On Home Composting
- Odours from your home composting kit can be eliminated by mixing dry and wet (green) garbage in equal measures. The cut grass from your lawn mowing activities can be left to dry and lose some of its moisture before composting. Other dry matter than can be used for composting include dry leaves and saw dust.
- Moisture is needed for apt composting. However, if the compost contains too much water, the compost becomes soggy. The excess water also alters the chemistry of composting. This then manifests as odour.
- If you choose to go the traditional compost pit way in home composting; you can plant flowers and other plants along the edge of the compost pit to both camouflage the pit and beautify your yard.
- Eggs shells, coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit peels are high in nitrogen. This nitrogen is released during composting. Nitrogen is beneficial as it helps build up the heat to speed-en up decomposition.
- When embarking on home composting, use the opportunity to involve all family members. This will create family time. Besides, by involving the whole family, everyone feels a part of the process. This creates a sense of ownership that will motivate family members to see to it that success comes the way of the home composting project.
Resources That Will Smooth-en Your Home Composting Journey
- Composting Guru :- Planet Natural Research Center Answers and Advice to organic farmers comprehensive guide to making natures perfect soil amendment
- Composting 101: From what is Compost onward. It is a wonderful background know-how from Bonnie plants who have been composting since 1918
- Composting:- Full list on what to compose, how to compost etc from eartheasy- solutions for sustainable living.
- Earth Easy-Solutions for sustainable living : Useful resource on all aspects of sustainable living. Their guide on home composting answers real questions on home composting such as: Can you make compost without turning? What about weed seeds and home composting?
- Home Composting Made Easy :Useful reminder on legal aspects of home composting. Did you need you need to check with your municipality before embarking on home composting? This resource uses pictures to great effect in explaining innovative ways of home composting. I particularly loved soil incorporation (trench composting). I’m thinking on innovating further by using compost or brown matter to cover the food scraps before covering with the soil. I wonder though the extent of leaching with this method?
Learn More About Recycling
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:Official site to EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency). Here you will learn about backyard composting, indoor composting and composting basics like greens, browns and the importance of water.
- Recycle Now :- Recycle Now is the national recycling campaign for England, supported and funded by Government, managed by WRAP and used locally by over 90% of English authorities. Usually has competitions for sustainable living enthusiasts such as the home recycling challenge.
- Recycling Guide:– Learn how to recycle at home, how materials are recycled among a wide range of resources on recycling.
- greensuffolk.org :– Information and discount offers on home composting offers for folks in Suffolk.
- Royal Horticultural Society:- The society’s page on composting has links to gardening information thus completing the picture. The active comments sections is also a plus.
- Homecomposting.org:- Videos on home composting.
- Stop Food Waste :- Offer a guide on home composting for download.
- Better Homes & Gardens: – Beautifully presented information on composting. From easy to bite articles laden with images on composting to well done videos. One of those websites that makes you feel nice being there yet still delivers on content. Some of the areas covered include: “Beginners Guide to at-home composting”, “create your own compost” and 6 steps to a “homemade compost bin”.
Composting: How to get the whole family involved
As in everything, your home composting journey would not only be more fun, but have a higher chance of success by involving the whole household by encouraging simple initiatives that build up to the whole. A good example is the award of points to family members for carrying out green activities.
For such things like clearing food waste from their plates into the composting bag, family members can earn points.
Family members can even be awarded points for bringing home their fruit and vegetable waste from their packed lunch. They can then redeem their points for lesser house chores. The points could even earn special treats like unchallenged choice for the movie during family movie night.