Compost food waste. Food waste is overrepresented in landfill where it rots and creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas
“Try composting, but don’t focus on it” was item 11 on ways to reduce food waste on an earlier LCF post. Well today let’s “focus” on it and the EPA’s How to Compost at Home is a great resource for doing just that.
This resource first goes through the essentials for successful composting covering the 3 basic ingredients.
- Browns – This includes materials such as dead leaves, branches, and twigs.
- Greens – This includes materials such as grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds.
- Water – Having the right amount of water, greens, and browns is important for compost development.
Your compost pile should have an equal amount of browns to greens. You should also alternate layers of organic materials of different-sized particles. The brown materials provide carbon for your compost, the green materials provide nitrogen, and the water provides moisture to help break down the organic matter.
It goes on to list the things that should and should NOT be included in your compost pile.
As today’s step is focused on food waste, let’s bring the action indoors. Indoor composting uses a special type of bin, which you can buy at a local hardware store, gardening supplies store, or make yourself. Remember to tend your pile and keep track of what you throw in. A properly managed compost bin will not attract pests or rodents and will not smell bad. Your compost should be ready in two to five weeks.
Ready to take it to the next level? Just add worms!