Food waste recycling – why important?
Full land fill sites, ever increasing carbon foot prints and other environmental concerns are every day becoming of greater concern. Never before have these problems affected our day to day living than now and everywhere you look authorities and individuals alike are pooling ideas and resources to help combat the issues of processing and recycling waste which we all face. Most areas in the western world provide numerous waste services to deal with waste management such as the recycling of paper, glass and plastic but what about the vast amounts of food waste which makes up to 30% of the average household’s weekly food waste collection? Local councils and municipalities are undeniably doing what they can for recycling, but is there a way for individuals to contribute to the overall waste management and food waste recycling effort?
Why opt for composting?
Composting is a well known form of food waste recycling and has been used for a long time now by many people. Garden compost is essential and yet can be surprisingly expensive. Using a DIY composting system is easy and free; it is a perfect form of waste management; transforming waste into something truly useful.
Traditional organic compost heaps do raise some problems though; they often require an amount of space which the vast majority of modern gardens just do not offer. Open garden compost can also be prone to unpleasant smells and are easily accessible to pests. Understandably then, compost heaps are not suitable waste management system for everyone. Hot composters are the perfect solution to all these problems. Hot composters are a fantastic food waste recycling method, they are clean, easy to use and when properly used, instantly reduce food waste disposal to almost nothing.
How to use your own organic compost
Compost is so important for healthy plant and vegetable growth as it contains the needed vitamins and nutrients to enrich vegetation and bring out the best in its fruitage. It is highly recommended that garden compost is mulched into pots and vegetable patches during the growing season for optimum results. A generous amount of loam is also essential to overall quality of your soil and this can be achieved by hoeing and turning regular portions of compost into exposed soil from time to time. As a general rule there should be about 5cm of organic compost forked into the desired area. Once the loam has been evenly mixed into the soil sprinkle a little fertilizer over the surface and you are left with the perfect canvas for fresh planting.
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