What Goes in the Compost Bin?
If you are wondering what to put in your new compost bin it might suprise you to hear thatÂ the answer is NOT, â€œeverythingâ€ because not everything can decompose in the time and conditions that you have in your composter.
But thereâ€™s lots of kitchen and garden waste that CAN go in the compost bin.
As there are many uses for compost, you will find people with different interests and occupations using this environmentally friendly resource in their own way as suits their circumstances.
A homeowner can create a compost bin or pile to reduce the amount of kitchen waste they are throwing away. As an added benefit they are creating a fertilizer for their house plants or garden plot. Since compost bins require green food (grass clippings) and brown food (organic waste) you can collect your grass clippings and add them to your bin too.
On a farm, crops can produce a lot of waste. A farmer can use crops that are not consumable and add them to a compost bin along with manure from any livestock they may keep. Once the compost matures and is ready, the farmer can use the material for added nutrients in the soil; build up low spots in his field; and to keep the soil healthy â€“ mature compost has the ability to prevent weed seeds from sprouting.
A professional landscaper can create compost material for clients that want only natural or organic materials used on their lawn or flower beds. This can be a low-cost material for a landscaper to utilize providing his clients with Earth-friendly options with a low overhead cost.
If you like the idea of composting but do not have the space or time to create one, check with your city or municipalityâ€™s recycling center.
In my local area the City council compost all the green waste from households.
Some will accept your yard waste and clippings for a city compost heap. This material will then be used throughout the cityâ€™s parks and gardens. In certain centers they may let the residents utilize the mature compost for their own needs too.
Schools may utilize compost to teach the students the process of decomposition and to teach children what we can do to help our planet. This is in addition to the cost savings for the school in up keeping the grounds and park.
So there are many ways to keep your compost bin humming along with a regular supply of â€œfuelâ€. It is one thing that you will never run out of!