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How to turn fresh food scraps into compost

Turn your food scraps into compost

We all produce kitchen scraps and organic food waste when we are making food. Whether it’s the inedble leaves, stalks, coffee grinds, tebags or onion skins, we all generate waste. However, the difference is what we do with food scraps that counts.

To start your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle you need to start home composting. More specifically, you need to learn how to turn food scraps into compost. It is a crucial component of urban composting which extends more traditional composting methods such as hot or cold composting  or composting use leaf or wood chip mulch. This option is also a great alternative to Bokashi composting if you don’t have the means or desire to take on bokashi.

Why should you compost your food scraps?

 

Household food waste accounts for a large percentage of overall waste that ends up in land fill sites. By putting in a little bit of effort and dedicating a small amount of space you can make a massive difference. If each household composted all their food waste and put the compost back into gardens and nature we will quickly start reversing some of the damage consumerism has had on the environment. 

 

There are 2 main reasons why you should compost your food waste:

1. Reducing/eliminating food waste from landfill 

2. Create your own compost

 

What are the benefits of turning household food scraps onto compost?

 

Turning your food scraps or offcuts provides you with a range of benefits to both the environment and your local ecosystem. By removing your food waste from the landfill you build up your own raw materials to be able to create nutrient-rich compost and fertiliser tea that nourishes the soil, feeds the plants and enhances the quality of living organisms within your soil.

By far the biggest benefit of turning household food scraps into compost is being able to make your own free, chemical and herbicide-free compost. Compost can get expensive depending on the size of your garden and you never know where that compost came from, what it is made up of or if it has any contaminates. If you make your own compost from food scraps you know what is going into your compost and what is feeding your plants, and ultimately, you.

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