Composting is an efficient and resourceful closed-loop solution for most of our organic waste. Compost at home or find a local solution.
Of all waste, organic wastes can present the most energy and resource efficient opportunities for Zero Waste—partly because can be easily absorbed back into nature. Digestion by various organisms is the most common means of reprocessing organic wastes, whether aerobic digestion (such as composting) or anaerobic digestion (such as fermentation).
It’s important to have the right amount of browns, greens, and water in your compost pile in order to have the ideal composting system
If you’d like to try your own composting at home, follow the simple steps below:
If you live in a space with a small or limited outdoor area, you can still start a small-scale composting system indoors.
1. Get a small bin with a lid or cover (like a 10-15 gallon steel garbage can).
2. Drill a few dozen small, spaced a few inches apart, along the bottom and sides to help with drainage and aeration.
3. Place the bin on a tray to limit spills and messes.
4. Fill the bottom of the bin with several inches of drainage material, like potting mix.
5. Place a layer of shredded paper on top of that layer.
6. Start adding your greens and browns, being sure to turn the pile once a week with a small garden spade or shovel.
7. Keep the lid on your bin and cover your greens with a layer of shredded newspaper or other browns to prevent odors.
If you cannot compost your food waste at home, there are options for homeowners who wish to drop off organics or have them hauled away:
Local Recycling/Public Works Organizations,
It’s always a good idea to first start with local recycling coordinators or organizations. A quick Google search should reveal local composters.
BioCycle’s Find a Composter
BioCycle’s Find a Composter database is the most comprehensive and searchable listing of composting facilities, with more than 600 total listings for the United States and Canada.
Mother Nature Network
This article offers a nice and straightforward guide to composting and recycling.