Unfortunately, there are no excuses left for the reluctant composter.
The oft-used arguments … I have no garden, it’s too hard or it smells … well, just stink. As a lapsed composter – who throws obscene amounts of food waste in the bin – it’s time to step up to my waste management responsibilities.
There are many small, stylish and smell-free composters now available at garden and hardware stores. Thus, there’s no good reason to toss old tea bags, newspapers, fruit and vegetable peel, hair, dryer lint, flowers, coffee grounds, dog food and eggshells in the traditional bin.
Take the nifty Bokashi bin compost, for example, which is a clever system invented in Japan – a country where small houses now rule. The petite bin sits on the kitchen bench and pickles all of your scraps, transforming them into traditional compost. You simply fill the bin with food scraps, set it aside for several days and then dig it into the soil or add it to a traditional bin.
Australian company Closed Loop has also invented a nifty composting product. It’s called CLO’ey (closed loop technology) and converts food waste into compost in 24 hours using heat, agitation and airflow.
Clever devices aside – there are also plenty of basic composting buckets available for $30 a pop. These are containers that you put food scraps in before you take them to the composter or compost pile. Look out for the pretty earthenware ceramic pots or the stainless steel canisters – both come with charcoal filters, which absorb aromas. If you rummage in the cupboard for a tupperware container or pot to use in the kitchen you’ll have an unwanted stink in the kitchen before you know it.
“Composting is highly rewarding for those taking part,” Closed Loop managing director Rob Pascoe said. “You can use the resulting compost to enrich the garden and grow healthier plants – it’s win-win.”
A recent survey by Closed Loop found that only 34 per cent of Australians compost their food scraps, but a further 36 per cent would if the right ways and means were available.
In Australia, food waste makes up about 40 per cent of the total rubbish in household garbage bins and the decomposing scraps in landfill produces a significant amount of greenhouse gas pollution, according to Sustainability Victoria.
With this in mind it’s high time I transform myself from a couch – to a current – composter.