“Composting involves collecting organic materials, such as kitchen and garden waste, and transforming them into a nutrient-rich food for plants,” says Jilly. “Bacteria in the compost heap transform scraps into a soil-like substance that can be used to help plants grow in your garden.”
“A compost heap adds nutrients to soil, reduces the need for chemical fertilisers, produces helpful bacteria that break down organic waste and cuts greenhouse gas emissions from landfill sites.”
Discover more about the natural composting process here.
“Make a pile of compostable material in an unused area of the garden,” says Jilly. “Construct a surround out of recycled pallets or use a large plastic compost bin with an open bottom so worms can get into it.”
“All compost piles need brown material, green material and water,” says Jilly. “Aim for more ‘browns’ than ‘greens’ to get the balance right.”
If your compost is dry, add water. If it’s too wet, add cardboard.
“Layer it up, turn it regularly to let air in and let nature do the rest,” says Jilly. “Aim to have more than one heap so when one is full and breaking down you can start on a new one. It takes six months to a year to make good compost. When compost is ready, it looks and smells like dark soil.”
Simply get yourself a food caddy that’ll hold all your scraps and hardly take up any room on your counter. Once full, empty into your food bin and leave out for the council to collect. They’ll turn it into compost to nurture the flowers in your local park. Learn more about it here.
If your rubbish bin is overflowing with leftovers, vegetable peelings, and tea bags, why not put it on a diet? It’s easy to do. Recycling your food waste instead of putting it in the bin only takes a little effort and is an easy way to help protect the environment and save your local council money they can spend on local services.