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Composting is the new Recycling
by Brian Stoddard
October 8, 2018



 


 



 


We are all aware that we need to be recycling. We need to be taking the items and packaging we use and recycling it back into a reusable form, thereby preserving our good earth from the overflow it is so quickly being swamped by.

But, have we thought about all the ways we can recycle these items?


How can you recycle into compost?

One excellent and easy way is to use our foodstuffs as compost in our gardens. It is being aptly named Organics Recycling and is fast becoming the new form of recycling. While there are companies that will collect and convert your foodstuffs and food-soiled paper products into compost, you can do this yourself too at home.

Let’s think about all the food we throw away off our plates every day. Most times, we try to salvage what we can and have it for lunch the next day. But, there are those scraps we pop into the bin. Where do they land up? Somewhere as landfill and if you have read the news lately, the world is running out of space for this.

Our friends at Homeware Insider believe in starting at the beginning, and that means thinking carefully about what food we buy, as well as the packaging it is presented in. Is it recyclable? Are we paying attention to whether we are buying organic products? Further, how can we recycle the packaging and the food?

Here are a few easy steps on recycling your food into compost:

1. BIN IT

Buy a bin (from any hardware or plastics shop – there are specific bins you can purchase for this) and store your leftover or old food in here.

2. MOVE IT

Once every 3 days (not longer, or you will land up with a smelly bin) move the food to a designated garden patch mapped out for the composting purpose. Ensure the area is well-drained, level, about 2-3 feet away from a fence or other structure, and there is easy access to water.

3. ADD IT

Add your foodstuffs – recommended ratio is 60% browns (leaves, straw, paper, wood ash, dried grass) and 40% greens (tea bags, grains, coffee filters and grounds, eggshells, fruits and veggies, hair and feathers). Try to avoid meats, feces, fats and oils, dairy and weeds. Adding worms can also assist in the breaking down process.

4. WATER IT

Water your compost often as this helps to break down the items and distribute moisture evenly, necessary for the microbes to survive.

5. TURN IT

Turn the compost often with a spade, as this will reduce the odors, add oxygen, destroy disease, keep the temperature ideal, and maintain necessary microbes. Make it part of your weekly gardening routine.

Need more reasons to compost-recycle?

HEALTHY GARDEN

Another good reason to convert your paper and food into compost is that it can help your garden grow. With nutrient-rich soil, your plants, trees, and grass will prosper and develop healthily. All you need to do is move some of the compost mulch to your beds and struggling grass patches. For the beds, mix it into the soil around the plants and for the grass, sprinkle over the patches and then add water.

GET THE KIDS INVOLVED

Kids are being taught that recycling is key to sustaining a healthy and livable world, so get them involved. Make them aware that food wastage is bad, and should they need to throw food away, they should follow your compost recycling routine. They may even love the idea of playing with the worms!

Happy Compost Recycling!
 

   

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