Updated: Aug 4
Composting is an easy and efficient way to strike a perfect balance between food waste reduction and positively impacting the environment. Waste managing your way through a contemporary urban dwelling is a reluctant process, given the lack of space, questions of odor and critter infestations make composting look way more complex than it actually is. While it is favorable to carry out composting in open spaces, such as gardens and roof tops, there is no hard and fast rule against composting indoors. Your kitchen space is ideal and reusing food scraps is where waste management woes can be laid to rest, a simple solution with varying positive benefits.
The Indoor Composting process consists of a few easy steps- segregation, making a composting bin, maintenance and certain do’s and don’ts.
Separating your edible/ wet waste like vegetable scraps, or any leftovers from dry waste like paper or any sort of packaging is primary to your composting process. The need to so occurs as the time for decomposition varies.
Segregation of waste is followed by containing this reusable waste. If you are an amateur in the area of composting a readily available composting bin will be ease the process, and help save on time as well. For DIY enthusiasts, creating your own bin will aptly satisfy your spirits- start with picking a correctly sized container, preferably mid- sized and with a lid, which helps in preventing any sort of infiltration by worms.
Next, drill holes around the bin for air circulation to fasten the process and finally, line the container with newspaper to keep the odour at bay. It is now time to get your hands dirty, quite literally. Layering your bin with cocopeat or dry waste is the first step, successively for every layer of edible waste you add into the bin, it needs to be layered with dry waste. In addition to this, adding soil to your container, once a week, is of absolute necessity.
Keeping it Natural: Do’s and Don’ts
Adding the right kind of waste is the only way to guarantee the success of your composting process,segregation is important, but the awareness of what can and cannot go in your bin trumps all. While almost anything that comes out of the kitchen is ideal, meat and dairy should be avoided, as they require more time to break down. Apart from this eliminating putrid foods that might attract bugs is crucial, this may include condiments, processed or sometimes even fast food. Simply put, the more organic the richer the soil.
Keeping it balanced in the bin is a necessity, without equal amounts of layering there is a huge probability of a bug infiltration in the compost. If you are faced with an issue of the compost coming out too dry, adding water will do the trick. While the holes do provide a good amount of air circulation, turning your compost pile with the help of a rake fastens the process.
The Why: From Scraps to Soil
The amount of food waste that humans produce is extremely detrimental to our planet, as food rots in landfills there is a release of greenhouse gases, such as methane, a major causal factor behind global warming.In the face of an ongoing climate crisis, it’s imperative to understand the power of our food scraps-organic material that possesses the ability to rejuvenate depleted soils.
Composting, therefore, is nothing short of magic- things that you consider to be utter garbage turns into fertile soil, which is downright fascinating.
Composting requires some getting used to, a patient process, wherein results are yielded only after three months, but an awareness of how it benefits the planet, makes it an incredibly rewarding experience.