Although an item may possess the ability to biodegrade, that does not ensure that it will. It is the environment that will either enable or prevent the bio-degradation of any object.
Grapes and corncobs in decent shape have been found in landfills decades after they were thrown out. Whether or not an object is natural, the anaerobic environment of landfills are clearly not suited for the natural breakdown of organic waste.
This is what makes composting important not only for the health of your garden, but as a measure of waste reduction. Even if you don’t own a yard, there are many ways you can compost inside your cozy abode, whether a condo or a studio apartment.
While indoor composting machines exist, one of the most popular and cheapest methods is to “hire” a team of worms. Red wiggler worms are the best, as they are naturally suited to create rich humus out of organic matter – in other words, they make black gold from your food scraps.
Naturally, you may feel a tad skeptical at the thought of housing a bunch of worms in your house. You needn’t worry, however, as it easy to make a worm bin, some about the size of a standard trashcan, where the worms can do their work without interference, while remaining out of the way so as not to inconvenience you. But if you have a garage or shed, you could always place your worm bin there instead.
Benefits of composting indoors, especially using a worm bin, include the ability to compost year-round, using relatively little space. It could also lead to the development of healthier eating habits, as you begin to gravitate towards food that are suitable for the worms.
Worms do well on fruit and vegetable scraps (but no leeks, garlic, or onions), coffee grounds, tea bags, and even egg cartons and pizza box cardboard (just not the pizza itself). They do not, however, appreciate meat or dairy. A few whiffs and you would probably agree. Nor do they feed on glossy paperboard.
Even if you don’t grow your own plants, live in an apartment, or have limited to no access to outdoor space, there are still benefits your composting efforts. Quite simply, it tremendously cuts down on the amount of waste sent to the landfill. There is no need to be throwing a great portion of our items in the trash, when they could be given a meaningful purpose creating nutrients for the earth and its occupants.
If you don’t intend to use the compost yourself, check to see if your city has a composting program and if it does, by all means use it. If not, see if your friends could benefit from your compost in their own homes and gardens. Otherwise, you could likely sell it for a decent amount of money at a local garden shop.
Source -Stephanie Davies, Composting Inside & Out, Betterway Home Books, 2011