Why and How ?

About a third of the total waste going to landfill from an average household is organic matter such as garden and food waste. When this waste ends up in a landfill, it will produce Methane (CH4) when it breaks down. Methane emissions from landfill sites contribute with more than 4% of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. Most of the food and garden waste could easily be diverted from landfill and composted instead. If you have a garden, you can make compost at home and get a good fertilizer and improve the soil in your garden. You will also save the council the cost of collecting the waste (in Scotland the typical cost of collecting your waste is £ 40 - £ 50 per tonne) as well as treating the waste (typically £ 25 - £ 35 per tonne) if the council have any compost facility at all.

What Is Composting?

Composting is controlling the natural decay of organic matter in a moist, aerobic (oxygen-demanding) environment. Micro-organisms (mainly bacteria and fungi) break down organic material to create a valuable product called compost. Proper compost is a dark, crumbly, earthy-smelling form of organic matter, which is rich on nutrients and minerals and an excellent fertilizer and soil conditioner.

By composting, you control the natural decomposition process by providing the right conditions to convert yard trimmings and food waste into a product that can be returned to your garden.

Why Should You Make Your Own Compost?

Composting is a practical and convenient way to handle yard trimmings and food waste. The compost created enriches your soil and plants. If you have a garden, a lawn, trees, shrubs, or even houseplants, you have a use for compost.
Compost improves your soil. When added to soil, compost breaks up heavy clay soils, helps sandy soils retain water and nutrients, and releases essential nutrients. Compost also contains beneficial micro-organisms that build up the soil and make nutrients available to plants. Improving your soil is the first step towards growing healthy plants.

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We can supply you with simple and hygienic systems for collection of your food-waste (no more smell and no need to wash out the caddy). Our unique ventilated systems were developed to solve these problems. (They have worked so well that our competitors have tried to copy them).

In addition, we have compostable garden waste sacks. These sacks are also ideal for seasonal storage of grass and leaves so you can get a better mix of feedstock in your compost. We have also a biodegradable mulching film for your vegetable garden so you can avoid weeding, increase soil temperature to improve growth, and best of all, you can leave the mulch film in the soil to biodegrade you don't create any plastic waste (check out our products page for details).

How to start /How to learn more about home composting?

On the Internet you can find a lot of information about how to do your own home composting as well as good advise for how to solve common problems. You can start with checking out some of the links below that will help you with some basic information.

You should also check with your local council if they can provide free or subsidized home composting units before you rush off to your garden center or hardware store to buy one.

Home composting
- Home composting http://www.homecomposting.org.uk/  
- A short and basic guide that covers what you need to know (link).
- City Farmer. Page with product overview, some basics and some good links.

Composting of food waste in Schools
- Practical guidance for schools on reducing food waste with a good game for children and a cartoon on composting. www.recyclenow.com/schoolsfoodwaste
- WRAP (2011) Report on Food Waste in Schools www.wrap.org.uk/local_authorities

A lot of useful information can also be gathered from the web site of the Association for Organics Recycling: http://www.organics-recycling.org.uk/  

 

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