Composting is an efficient and resourceful closed-loop solution for most of our organic waste.
Of all waste segments, organic wastes can present the most energy and resource efficient opportunities for Zero Waste—partly because they are more susceptible to processes more easily absorbed back into nature. Digestion by various organisms is the most common means of recycling or reprocessing organic wastes, whether aerobic digestion such as composting or anaerobic digestion such as fermentation.
The products made from organics are necessities: soil products for the production of healthy food, fiber, and landscapes, as well as fuel and energy products for transportation, heat, food preparation, and electricity.
Composting is a necessary component to our planet’s closed-loop zero waste systems, and the more waste we compost instead of throw out in a landfill, the better our impact on the planet.
It’s important to have the right amount of browns, greens, and water in your compost pile in order to have carbon, nitrogen, and water to break down the matter.
If you’d like to try your own composting at home, follow the steps below:
Optional: Cover top of compost with a tarp to keep it moist. When the material at the bottom is dark and rich in colour, your compost is ready to use. This usually takes anywhere between two months to two years.
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.
Waste & Resource Action Programme
More and more local councils in the UK collect food waste for composting. However WRAP suggest there are many added benefits to home composting. For further information and guidance on home composting click here.