The Basics of Using a Kitchen Compost Bin

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The Basics of Using a Kitchen Compost Bin

Staff Writer · Jun 20, 2011

A kitchen compost bin can be used to recycle kitchen waste. Composting helps you to get rid of and recycle organic waste such as kitchen scraps, and yard waste such as grass trimmings and leaves. The same can be used to grow plants instead of being thrown away. As much as 60 percent of household waste could potentially be composted or recycled.

How to Use a Kitchen Compost Bin

You can create your own compost bin or buy one. Compost bins are readily available and you can choose a bin of the right shape and size according to your requirements. Collect the organic waste from your kitchen and yard and place it in the bin until there’s sufficient waste to create the necessary amount of pressure and heat in the composter. Food scraps that can be composted include all vegetable and fruit wastes, cooked or uncooked grains, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells and old bakery products. However, food scraps such as meat, fish, dairy products and oils should not be composted. This is because these scraps can attract rodents and maggots, and they can be very putrid.

What the Compost Bin Should Contain

Pet droppings should not be composted. 50 percent of the waste added to the compost bin should be green waste comprising of food scraps. The rest of the waste should be brown waste that consists of paper and yard waste such as leaves. It’s advisable to keep the kitchen compost bin covered to keep away pests. In addition, new food scraps should be covered with older waste that’s in the middle of the compost pile, because it’s high in carbon and can speed up the composting process.

You can use household waste as a nutritional supplement for your house plants, garden or lawn by composting it. Since composting is not allowed in all cities, it’s important that you check with the local municipal waste management department before composting your kitchen and yard waste.

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