Food Leftover Composting

Posted on January 9, 2017 By

51foodwasteThough it’s getting easier to recycle food and drink packaging, most of our household waste still goes into the garbage. Lessen the amount of rubbish you throw away by composting your kitchen food leftovers. Food waste enclosed in a plastic case on a landfill site will not decompose thoroughly. It actually causes methane, a greenhouse gas, which attributes to global warming, as well as a liquid, leachate, that can ruin water supplies.

Composting your kitchen food waste matter is easy and needs little time, work or space, based on which system you use. The compost is very helpful for the soil in your garden or potted plants: It’s a total and natural food for the soil, supporting to strengthen its structure, water-retaining capabilities and overall health.

Composting materials from the kitchen

You can reuse both kitchen and garden waste if you have a compost pile or tumbler in your garden. A protective box or can is quite necessary: create your own from pieces of wood or buy a special composting device, metal or recycled plastic type. A lid or cover, such as an old carpet, helps to keep the materials inside the composter warm and the rain out. Place the bin on an area of dirt so that composting life such as worms and soil micro-organisms can aid to break down the all-natural waste in the pile. If you want to pre-compost your food waste and speed up the composting practice, add Bokashi active bran to the food components and let it stay to bind for a couple of weeks in a container before adding it to the compost pile.

Kitchen leftovers are high in moisture and have very little composition as soon as it’s decomposed. Include a supply of dry material, like cardboard, scrunched-up paper, rough branches and stems to stop the compost pile falling apart in on itself and becoming slimy. Wine corks, party hats and decorations can also be included to the compost bin, as can tissue paper, that biodegrades easily. Cardboard wrapping from food and gifts can also be used in a pile.

Check the bottom part of the pile after a couple of months and seek out and eliminate any dark, badly rotten compost. Mix up the excess matter with a fork, and water it if it appears too dry; if the pile is too wet, add some dry, larger content. Acidic situations hinder decomposition, so from time to time add a little ground limestone or gardener’s lime to the mix.

Composting involves warm temperatures no less than 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 Celsius), medium moisture, and a place to turn the bin. You can certainly make kitchen leftover composting as easy or as complicated as you want. The end benefits are greater with a few bins or a rotating tumbler, whereas heaps on the ground or mixing into garden beds makes more sturdy and chunkier compost. Kitchen composting can also be achieved in a worm bin where the little fellows eat their way through your clutter and place moist worm castings for fertilizer and soil reformation.

Making your first compost? Read more at Earth Composter


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