Compost your food scraps and other organics

Organic waste is a major issue in landfills.  The lack of oxygen in landfill means organic waste undergoes anaerobic decomposition and generates heaps of methane. When released into the atmosphere, methane is 20 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. You will dramatically reduce your carbon footprint by limiting, or even better eradicating, organic waste from your red bin!

How to

  • Set up a worm farm. Recycle and make your own out of a polystyrene box (check out this polystyrene worm farm DIY guide from Logan City council) or get something like the Tumbleweed Can’O worms (this is what I have and it’s really easy to set up and use!). The beautiful things about worm farming is that it is educational, it does not smell if fairly well monitored and it produces black gold for your garden in a matter of weeks :-).  Regular composting takes way longer than worm farming to get the so-adored home made fertiliser. You can keep one anywhere, like on your balcony or garage or storage cage as it does not take much space.
  • Set up a compost bin. All your organic waste can’t go to your worm farm, so you can keep a regular compost bin on the side for everything else.  Composting is a fun thing to do but does require more work than the worm farm. If you have a proper garden, check out this DIY guide from Bunnings. If you live in an apartment you might want to consider setting up an odourless system such as Bokashi bins and the likes.
  • Nurture your garden with your fresh fertilisers!

What about dog’s poop?

  • You might want to have a separate bin to compost your pets’ poop that is buried in your garden to eliminate odours and give all nutrients back to your soil directly. Check this DIY instructions here or get store bought systems such as this Tumbleweed or Bokashi Ensopet ones if you can’t be bothered, it’s better than nothing!

 

Featured image by myself