A beginner's guide to composting
Composting is not only a great way to create a rich, cheap fertiliser for your garden, but it is a simple way to almost halve your household waste. Yes, you read that right. It is estimated that 40% of household bins are made up of organic matter that could go into a compost bin.
When organic waste goes to landfill it creates methane gas, a gas which is 34 times more toxic than carbon dioxide. Keeping this waste out of landfill helps reduce these gases from being released and helps you create a nutrient rich fertiliser for your garden.
When it comes to getting down and dirty there are a few things you need to remember.
1. Don't forget to add in your dry browns (paper and dried leaves), you need a ratio of 3:1 dry to wet.
2. Your compost bin is seasonal. It will digest scraps a lot faster in warmer temps and slow down in cold weather.
3. Turn baby turn. Give your bin a good stir every week or so to help it break down nice and quickly.
What you can compost
- Fruit and veggie scraps (including citrus and onions)
- Shredded paper, newspaper and office paper
- Toilet paper rolls
- Pet and human hair
- Coffee grounds and compostable tea bags
- Dried leaves, lawn clippings and old flowers
What you can't compost
- Meat, bones and dairy
- Animal poo
- Large branches and weeds with seeds
If you don't have room for a compost bin in your garden download the ShareWaste app. The app connects you with people in your community who have a bin so you can compost your scraps with them.