Here’s an interesting fact for you: by segregating, recycling and composting, a typical family of 4 can reduce their waste from 1000 kg to 100 kg per year. Considering how much waste is being generated by the average household, composting can go a long way to reduce the waste generated and dumped into the environment.
Check out these simple steps to turning your garbage into a garden
Composting itself can be done at different places in the house. These places range from the kitchen, terrace, balcony, sink or tabletop. While it is advisable to start composting outdoors, there are many people who have compost piles inside their homes.
Now time to segregate the waste. For composting, kitchen wastes like vegetable peels, fruit peels or even small amounts of wasted food are great ingredients to turn into compost. These wastes should be separated from the others and put into one container. Then, have another container made solely for dry wastes such as dead leaves, saw dust, newspapers, cardboard boxes and bio degradable packaging material. Once these two heaps are in their respective containers, close them to keep bugs, worms or flies from coming in and ruining all your hard work.
Now time to build a composting bin. The composting bin can be anything from a clay pot to a dustbin or a bucket. Drill five holes around the container at different levels, allowing the air to come in easily. To avoid spilling, place a newspaper or a tray under the container. Once that’s done, layer the bottom of the container with soil.
Add dry waste and food waste at alternate levels in the bin to help maintain the dry waste and wet waste balance. For example, if you put one mug of food waste, add one mug of dry waste as well. It is also important to add soil once every week. To help speed up the process, semi composted soil can be added to the compost pile.
If the compost smells, then make a few extra holes or add more newspaper clippings. If the compost turns dry, then it is best to sprinkle a little water on top. After a few days of composting, use a rake to give the pile a quick turn. This process helps to aerate the waste and decompose successfully. After a period of two or three months have passed, the compost can be used in garden areas or potted plants.
The composting process can be much easier to do with the aid of Biochest Elegant. Elegant is a home composter that can be adjusted to fit the needs of any family. This home composter can take in all kinds of organic waste and convert it into nutritious compost all without the need of any heating element. What’s more is that the compost produced by Elegant is odourless, preventing any pests or insects from congregating on it. All in all the Biochest Elegant makes composting an easy and fun task for the whole family.
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