Composting is an easy option that makes a big difference on many levels. It helps reduce the environmental load of your household; and saves on waste collection costs.
Biowaste accounts for about one-third of all household waste. Composting turns biowaste into valuable soil conditioner, while reducing the volume and cost of waste collection.
If biowaste is not separately sorted and is disposed of with mixed waste, your waste container is likely to give off unpleasant odours. Decomposing plants at the landfill release methane, which is one of the most hazardous greenhouse gases. In addition to producing methane, biowaste causes foul odours, attracts pests and increases the size of landfills.
Composting is a natural way of returning organic decaying material into the soil and making it part of the Earth’s life cycle. The most important elements released in the composting of biowaste are carbon dioxide, heat and water vapour. The end product of the composting process is a compost high in nutrients for your garden, saving you the need to purchase soil conditioners.
Kitchen waste is ideal food for the compost as it provides plenty of nutrients for the microbes in the compost to consume. Suitable kitchen waste includes leftovers, foods past their sell-by-dates, vegetable and fruit peels and small amounts of soft tissue.