Composting has come a long way in the last few years. Gone are the days of installing giant barrels in your backyard to ensure your compost eco-system thrives. Instead, there are so many composting options that cater to balcony's, small gardens and even your kitchen bench.
Composting is a simple and easy way to reduce household waste and give back to the planet while you do it.
With 7.3 million tonnes of food scraps going into the bin each year in Australia alone, contributing to 5% of greenhouse gases, it's a no-brainer. By starting a home-compost system in your household, you can reduce your contribution to food scraps that omit methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.
Once the compost has broken down you can transfer it your green bin where it's more easily disposed of by your council, or create a rich and valuable soil resource for your garden. Win!
When looking for a bin, first check out your local council's website. Many of them offer subsidised compost bins to encourage people to reduce food waste going in to landfill. If you have a small space like a balcony or a cupboard under the sink, look at a 20-30L self-contained compost unit that requires little to no management. If you have a generously-sized backyard with lots of space, you can invest in a compost bin or tumbler (100-200L in size) and add worms to your mix to ensure your compost is rich in nutrients and degrading quickly.
It might feel overwhelming but knowing a few composting basics is the key to getting started. If you get these right, you’ll be able to grow, manage and maintain your compost with minimal fuss, no unpleasant smells and all the benefits for you and the Earth.
Once you have your compost bin, it's time to find somewhere to store it. Pick somewhere convenient for you so that you have easy access to it from your kitchen. It can be placed both in the sun or the shade; the warmer the location, the faster the compost will work. If you have to keep it outside, a handy tip is to buy a kitchen top bin and use a green compost bag to store your scraps - that way, just like taking out your waste bins, you can shuffle your scraps to the compost a few times a week instead of every time you cook.