Make The Most Of Your Kitchen Waste
Next time you go to throw household waste in the bin, consider whether it could go into the compost bin instead of the general bin.
Around half of all household waste could be composted very easily.
If you have a composter, there is no reason not to use it! And you don’t have to keep turning it, just keep adding to it and after a year you will have a fully composted material to use on your garden.
You need to put nutritious components into the composter such as raw food, vegetable peelings, crushed egg shells, tea bags and coffee granules, vacuum cleaner dust, hair and nail clippings and some grass clippings.
Then you need fibrous components which include crumpled up non-recyclable paper, cereal boxes, egg boxes, kitchen paper, wrapping paper (not foil), toilet roll tubes and tissues. (Don’t compost too much newspaper, any magazines and printer paper as these should be recycled and drinks cartons and frozen food packaging isn’t suitable as they contain plastic).
Garden waste, such as grass cuttings take longer to break down and it is better if these are composted in a separate compost heap.
Kitchen waste also includes paper, cardboard, plastic and glass. Buying recycled and recyclable products with minimal packaging will also help reduce the impact to the environment. If every home recycled 50 per cent of their rubbish, Britain’s annual Co2 emissions, would fall by up to six million tonnes.
So making your own compost is a great way to save money and help your garden and house plants by improving the soil and benefiting the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and extending the life of landfill sites.