9 Step Guide to Home Composting
Did you know that much of our waste can be composted and rejuvenate back to be good for the environment? Composting not only reduces the amount of waste going into landfills, but it also converts waste into a product that benefits gardening, landscaping, and house plants. The waste stream out of your home can decrease up to thirty-five percent simply by composting kitchen and yard waste!
It can seem intimidating but by following these steps, you can begin composting at home.
Nine-Step Guide to Home Composting:
1. Choose the best method of composting for you.
Open Pile composting is best for those who have lots of space who can ensure their compost pile is in an out-of-the-way location. An open pile will require more maintenance, but the material will break down sooner.
Closed Bin composting is best for those who have pets and smaller properties. There are several different options for composting bins: Enclosed bins, tumblers, rolling bns, and worm bins. By doing a small amount of research you can determine the best option for your home compost.
2. Prepare your home composting pile. If using a closed bin, set it up. If building an open pile, choose a square area with a side length of about three feet.
3. Put down a layer of carbon-rich materials (listed below), several inches deep.
4. Put down a layer of nitrogen-rich materials (listed below) on top of that, once again several inches deep.
5. Add a very thin layer of soil.
6. Add one more layer of carbon-rich materials, sandwiching the nitrogen-rich layer so that the ratio of the pile is two-thirds carbon-rich and one-third nitrogen-rich.
7. Continue alternating carbon-rich and nitrogen-rich materials until the pile is about three feet high.
8. Dampen the pile with a garden hose.
9. You have successfully made a compost pile! Add waste materials to the pile each week, and every few weeks, turn your pile.
What can be composted?
A successful compost pile consists of the correct ratio of carbon-rich to nitrogen-rich materials.
Common carbon-rich materials:
Hay and straw
Woodchips and sawdust
Shredded paper and cardboard (nothing glossy)
Prunings from shrubs or small trees
Napkins and paper towels
Common nitrogen-rich materials:
Grass clippings and garden weeds
Tea leaves and bags (including the bag staples)
Non-meat or dairy table scraps
Fruit and vegetable scraps
Coffee grounds and filters
There are some materials that you should not put in your compost
The following materials should never be composted:
Dairy Products, meat, seafood and bones, pet droppings, store-bought lumber, diseased plants, glossy paper or paper with colored inks, ash, inorganic materials like plastic, glass, metal, etc.
Turn trash into reusable soil
It’s easy to turn trash into reusable soil and create regenerative ecosystems. At Elevate Packaging, our team shares this vision personally.
We are proud sponsors of International Compost Awareness Week, May 5 - 11, 2019
Today is the perfect day to become part of the circular economy. Send us your pictures on how you got started, or tag us on twitter and instagram! We love to collaborate on social media about sustainability.