4 Benefits of Using a Kitchen Composter
Kitchen composting can be a very rewarding way to help the environment, reduce your household garbage collection and even save you money. It’s possible to use any variety of containers or bins for kitchen composting or purchase specially designed ones that are airtight in order to prevent any odours from escaping.
Having a kitchen composting bin is a quick and convenient to toss organic scraps like fruits, vegetables, meats and so on. By having a bin where most of the food scraps will be thrown away, it will be a great way to remind you to compost and also make it easier to access compared to a bin outside. Once the bin is full, you can either transfer the contents to a larger bin outdoors where it can continue to decompose in the soil or mix it directly into the garden.
Some of the most common items that you can put in your composting bin are not necessarily all food, it’s also possible to include other items like cardboard/paper bags, coffee filters/tea bags, cotton, old 100% cotton and wool items (shredded), human and pet hair, biodegradable toiletries, ashes from barbecues or fireplaces and much more. If an item contains materials like plastic, metal or rubber, they should naturally be kept out of the compost and recycled instead. Meat and dairy products, and citrus fruits are also a bad idea.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
By composting all of the scrap organic materials from home, you will reduce the amount of garbage that normally collects from your home. This will save the energy that is used for transportation, to incinerate the trash or to fill up landfills with more garbage than it can hold. When using a composting bin, try not to line it with extra plastic or other materials that do not breakdown naturally. It’s best to fill up bins directly or at least line them with a biodegradable material instead.
Having a kitchen composter will help you save money by saving you the need to purchase plant and garden fertilizers. Overall, it will also reduce the number of trash bags that you will use per week, which means fewer purchases each year. Finally, having a compost bin and seeing how much and how quickly food and other organic materials add up might certainly give you a reason to reduce the amount of food that is thrown away. By trying to cut down on the amount of food that is scrapped can end up saving you hundreds of dollars each year on grocery bills.
Organic compost material is fantastic to use in gardens because it’s just as rich in vital nutrients that are essential for vegetation and doesn’t contain any chemicals like some other pre-packaged fertilizers might. It has also been said that using your own organic fertilizer from composting gives your fruits and vegetables a much better taste since most of those materials are originally from food items.
If you are new to composting and not sure where to begin with a kitchen composter, just try to start off with a small air tight compost bin and make a list to remind you of which items are and are not allowed to be composted.
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