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Apartment Compost Bins

Apartment dwelling has dramatically increased in the past 50 years; however, this convenience should not deter you from the joy of composting!

There are many positives to starting a compost bin, one of which is that you will always have a rich source of food for your plants and herbs. Another is that you can prevent your food scraps entering landfill which when broken down releases methane into the atmosphere that is more harmful than CO2 emissions.

Bokashi bins are a great way of disposing of food scraps and creating compost in an apartment. The bins sit in your kitchen and you layer them with food scraps and then a combination of sawdust and bran that has been infused with Effective Micro-organisms. Bokashi has traditionally been used to increase the microbial diversity and activity in soils and to supply nutrients to plants.

As you fill your bokashi bin, the food will decompose and you can drain the liquid from the bottom of the bin to use on plants as a fertilizer. Then you can spread the bokashi compost on your garden as a nourishing food source for the plants.

Another alternative is to try vermi-composting (worm-composting). Get a plastic tub, drill some holes in it for air (make sure the holes are smaller than the worms!), layer the bottom with moist shredded paper. Make sure it’s not clumped together or too wet. Add the worms, red wigglers, and some soil. Adding some food like bread or coffee granules will help to get them started. Cover with more shredded, dry, paper and replace the bucket lid. Place in a dry cool temperature. The worms will turn your food scraps into great fertilizer and again decrease landfill.

So there you have it. Living in an apartment is no excuse for not composting your organic waste, thereby reducing your contributions to landfill.

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