Using Your Food Waste as Compost

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We all know that compost is good for the plants.

It does not only help to supply the necessary nutrients that are important for the plant growth but can also help to improve the soil fertility with time if added consistently.

However, not many people realized that they can actually make their own compost from their kitchen waste.

This is due to the misunderstanding that making compost is a complicated process and only trained people with sophisticated tools and machinery can make it.

In this article, you will learn that making compost or composting is a very simple process.

You will learn how to make your own compost bin and use your kitchen waste as the main ingredients to make the compost.

Without any hurry, before we go into further details on using your food as compost, it is good if we could dive in a little bit more on what is the benefits of using compost.

Benefits of Compost

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According to www.the-compost-gardener.com in its article The Many Benefits of Compost, there are 6 benefits of compost which include the benefits to the environment, soil and the plant itself.

The list goes as follows:

1. Waste Management and Reduction with Compost

2. Global Warming Methane Gas Reduced with Composting

3. Compost Benefits the Soil’s Physical Structure

4. Compost Benefits the Soil Chemistry

5. Compost Benefits the Soil Biology

6. Compost Cleans Up Contaminants

https://www.the-compost-gardener.com/benefits-of-compost.html

Each of the points above has been elaborated in detail in the article.

For example, regarding the Compost Cleans Up Containments, the article says:

Degrades, and in some cases eliminates, toxic chlorinated and non-chlorinated hydrocarbons, explosives, wood preservatives, pesticides, and petroleum product contamination in soils.

https://www.the-compost-gardener.com/benefits-of-compost.html

If you would like to know in detail for each of the points, it is recommended that you read the full article by clicking here.

What is Compost?

As we are going to discuss the compost here, maybe it is good for us to first refresh our knowledge of what is actually a compost.

To make it easier for us to understand the definition of compost, it is good if we could understand it from the definition given in the wikipedia.org.

According to the wikepedia.org, compost is defined as:

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed in a process called composting. This process recycles various organic materials otherwise regarded as waste products and produces a soil conditioner (the compost).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compost

From the definition given, we can understand that any organic matter that has gone through the composting process can be called as a compost.

Type of Kitchen Waste Suitable For Compost

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Every home has its own kitchen waste. However not every kitchen waste can be composted.

Therefore, the question now is what kitchen wastes are suitable to be composted and what is not.

In order to easily understand what items from your kitchen waste that are suitable and not suitable for composting, let us look at the explanation given by extension.uga.edu in its article entitled Food Waste Composting: Institutional and Industrial Application.

It the article, the explanation of what can be composted is as below:

Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, bread, unbleached paper napkins, coffee filters, eggshells, meats and newspaper can be composted. If it can be eaten or grown in a field or garden, it can be composted.

Source: https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1189&title=Food%20Waste%20Composting:%20Institutional%20and%20Industrial%20Application

The main important thing for you to understand what are the things that are suitable for composting is “If it can be eaten or grown in a field or garden, it can be composted.”

This means that all food can be used for composting. And it actually does not matter whether it is human food or animal food.

On the other hand, the same article also mentioned things that are not suitable to be composted. The explanation goes as follows:

Items that cannot be composted include plastics, grease, glass, and metals — including plastic utensils, condiment packages, plastic wrap, plastic bags, foil, silverware, drinking straws, bottles, polystyrene or chemicals. Items such as red meat, bones and small amounts of paper are acceptable, but they take longer to decompose.

Source: https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1189&title=Food%20Waste%20Composting:%20Institutional%20and%20Industrial%20Application

It should be easy for us to understand the explanation given above where inorganic matters are not suitable to be composted.

However, there is an important point that needs to be looked into regarding things that take longer to decompose.

If you are using items that need a longer time to decompose, it is better for you to not mix them with items that are easy to decompose.

This is to avoid you from a long waiting period for the compost to be ready to be used.

How to Compost Food Waste?

Making your own compost at home is not that hard at all.

With all the guides that you can find online, your work can become much easier.

Preparing Composting Bin

The main thing that you will usually need for making your own compost is the compost bin.

There is a lot of compost bins model that is being sold online for you to buy to start your own composting process today.

Instead of buying, you can also make your own compost bin yourself.

To make it easier for you, below is one of the interesting youtube videos that is showing you how to make your own compost bin with little investment.

The video is prepared by Rosalynne Love from rosalynnelove.com. The video is as follows:

Making The Compost

The first thing that you need to bear in mind is that making compost is not that hard at all.

It should be very easy. If you find any guides that teach you to make compost the hard way, ditch them and find the one that is easy to follow.

The second thing that you need to consider when making your own compost is the waste or the compost ingredient itself.

All the ingredients should be in the right proportion so that your compost is high in quality and beneficial to your plants.

In order to help you to make your compost easier, I have found a video that can guide you in an easy way to make your own compost.

In addition to the DIY compost bin showed above, this video also shows you another way on how you can make your own compost bin.

The video is prepared by the Urban Gardening channel on youtube. Here is the video:

In the video, you can see how different type of ingredients has its own benefit to the plant.

Therefore, try as much as you can to get different types of the ingredient so that your compost will be much beneficial to the plants.

At the same time, please do not be too worried if you do not have the best-mixed ingredients when preparing the compost.

Any things that are easy to be decomposed is already good for the composting process.

In other words, having the compost is already much better than not having it at all.

Plus, you are also helping to save the environment when you compost your own kitchen waste apart from giving your plants the nutrients that are needed by them.

Summary

It is hoped that you can truly understand a little bit about what is compost and how to make them on your own with this article.

People in the modern world have been wasted a lot of their food into the landfill and are affecting our environment.

Maybe, with our little effort, we can make a difference to help to solve this problem by making our own compost at home.

This will not only help us to grow healthy plants at home but could also help to protect our environment.

Please feel free to give any suggestions or leave any questions in the comment section below.

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