3 Ways to Easily Compost Your Kitchen Food Scraps

24/02/2021 Canteen Advice, Canteen Corner, Uncategorized

Why compost?

Your ‘rubbish’ is no longer destined to see the inside of a garbage bin. In fact, it is SO much more valuable than that.

Did you know that your smelly old food scraps can be used as free food for your plants and garden, giving them all the nutrients they need to thrive? Not only will your garden love you for it, but by saving your food scraps you are also choosing to take part in the revolutionary act to save the planet, reducing the amount of waste that we produce.

How to compost

Well, it is quite simple… save your food scraps! After a little time, you will notice that the food scraps will begin to breakdown into a small, brown, crumble-like mixture. This means the food scraps have had enough time preparing themselves to give back the nutrients that the soil needs to create new life. However, not all kinds of food waste are good for composting. It depends on what composting method you use, so we recommend doing some research before you begin.

Here are some of our favourite ways to compost scraps:

  • Keep a container sealed with a tight-fitting lid sitting in your kitchen to hold all your food scraps. Once it is full, it can be emptied into an outdoor compost bin or tumbler. If you don’t have one of these, not to worry! Why not ask your neighbours, friends, schools or other local facilities if they have one? Sometimes your local council may have subsidised compost bins for sale!
  • Worm composting – Use worms (Red Worms, Tiger Worms, Indian Blue) to recycle your food scraps and other organic material. Worms eat our food scraps, and then the worms produce nutrient-rich by-product compost (worm poo or castings) which is great for plants. They also produce another by-product (their wee!) which can also be added to plants as fertilsier. Click here to see a great fact sheet for worm composting and how to keep your worms happy.
  • Bokashi Composter – this is a revolutionary indoor composting method that allows your kitchen scraps to be broken down in an efficient and controlled environment. Not only does this method compost your scraps, but drains the water content of your scraps to the bottom of the bucket. This nutrient and microorganism-rich juice can be used around the garden or on house plants.
  • Tip: Having more than one Bokashi Composter bucket can be useful – this means you can allow for more time for your scraps to be broken down, allowing your plant food to become even more nutrient-rich.

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Blog post written by Georgia Olivieri, Healthy Kids volunteer