DIY Composting

Five Steps

 Have you ever thought twice about those food scraps left over on your plate? Most of the time it is discarded without blinking an eye. We mix this food with plastic and other waste before we burn it or bury it underground. It is time we reimagine how we handle our food. This is a simple five-step plan for how to compost your leftovers. Eartheasy.com is a great resource to learn more about what goes in a compost. HomeComposting

1)   Size Matters – In order to generate enough heat from the reaction, you need at least a 3’x3’x3’ area for the compost. If you have the room, 4 feet would be even better. Any larger than that and it becomes difficult to mix. It is usually best to pick a place secluded and away from any outdoor living areas.

2)   Green & Brown Combo – Finding the right balance is crucial. Carbon and Nitrogen are the two important ingredients in a good compost pile. You want your green nitrogen to be rich materials like food scraps and grass clippings to be wet. Leaves, straw, or shredded paper can be used as the dry carbon ingredient. In order for a quick reaction, you want these two mixed together thoroughly.

3)   Chop it Up – The smaller the better. The more surface area available for different materials to react with one and other will create a faster compost process. This will allow you to compost more of your food scraps and in turn divert more from the landfill.

4)   Water as Needed – Although you do not want the compost to be soaking wet, it needs water to accelerate and spread the reaction. Some composters come with a top to protect from the elements if you live in an area that calls for something like that. In most climates, you just need to let Mother Nature take care of business.

5)   Mix it Up – It is important to keep things moving. Getting air circulation throughout the compost pile will generate more heat and accelerate the reaction. Poking air holes is also a helpful tip once you have turned the material over a few times. This can be an unpleasant experience. In order to avoid this, they sell plastic compost tumblers that you can turn with a handle.

Your Turn – All in all, composting is a very simple and effective way to reduce the amount of waste your home generates on a daily basis. We want to help you develop a cleaner and greener lifestyle. Although trash might not seem as interesting to you as it is to us, there are many innovations we can make to reduce our carbon footprint. Spring is right around the corner. We can’t think of a better time to get started composting.


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