[Share This] Composting

Most of us are still on some form of lockdown, and some of us are struggling to cope with that. It’s hard sitting still! If your situation allows it, and you think you can manage a small project, consider learning how to set up a composting system. It will help you make a difference even when your options are limited.

We have a simple stainless steel bucket for the kitchen counter for collection that looks like this. If you don’t have that kind of money to spend, a simple widemouth plastic container that was destined for recycling would do the job. The only part that is essential is the lid to prevent summer bugs from becoming interested and to prevent any odour. We empty ours daily, so smells never build up beyond a little whiff when you chuck stuff in it.

The pail gets emptied into a tumbler that looks like this. The dual chamber is great when one side gets too full. Spinning it once or twice a week breaks up clumps and helps aerate the pile for faster decomposition. The black plastic helps increase the ‘cooking’ temperature, as does sitting it somewhere where it gets lots of sun.

We put our tea bags, coffee grounds, all our vegetable waste, and the odd bit of paper towel or facial tissue in there. Small amounts of yard waste (leaves, pulled weeds) go in there too.

Once or twice a season, we tip out the composter and use the soil in our garden or to fill in spots in the lawn or along our drainage creek.

If don’t need soil, consider installing a digester like this one. This doesn’t need to be emptied and you can even add bones or meat waste. Note: you’ll need a super sunny spot for it.

Your local library will almost certainly have in depth guides on how to compost; even if it’s closed right now, most libraries have digital, downloadable collections. Check them out!

Finally, if you don’t have the space for a composter, you can often share your scraps or soil output with your community. Check out https://sharewaste.com/ to see what’s available near you!

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