Composting to try at Home

Composting to try at Home

For Busy Generation

Our generation is often referred to as the ‘busy generation’. Are we so caught up in ourselves that we can’t take out some time to help out the constantly deteriorating environment around us?

With Environment Day just around the corner on 5th June, there is no time more apt than now to start composting. It requires very little work and less resources with a huge positive impact on the environment.

Compost is essentially recycled organic matter that has been decomposed and then used as fertilizer.

Here are three different types of composting you can try at home!

1. Backyard composting

This generally starts with the simplest process of composting. All you need for this is to make a pile of organic matter of green waste like leaves and wait for the material to decompose.

It’s easily doable with a small amount of space.

If you have a small yard and some leaves, yard trimmings, or food scraps, you could easily make your own compost bin. The process is catalyzed by shredding up the green waste, adding water regularly, and regularly stirring the mixture.

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2. Vermicomposting

This too can easily be carried out with little space. Vermicomposting is the process of aiding the decomposition of organic waste by using different species of worms.

Generally earthworms are used; the worms not only improve the quality of the humus produced but also create a mixture of the vegetable or food waste along with the ‘worm manure’ which is the final product of the organic matter by the earthworms.

It’s widely used in North America in hospitals, universities, shopping malls, and other institutes. It reduces the cost of commercial waste disposal and is one of the most environment friendly choices.

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3. Grasscycling

This has to be one of the simplest ways of composting. Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving the lawn clippings on the lawn after mowing.

The grass clippings decompose fast and return nutrients to the soil as grass contains a lot of water and is easily broken down by aerobic processes.

Grasscycling itself can provide up to 30% of a lawn’s yearly nitrogen requirements. It saves a lot of time as it doesn’t even require collection of the clippings.

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Municipalities in India are currently able to compost only 0.21 % of the wet waste we throw away.

In such a scenario, composting is an incredibly helpful initiative to take on. Compost bins are easily available in the markets and many cities now even have companies that will install them for you if you require assistance. In fact, with new technology being invented everyday, indoor composting bins are available online as well which could be helpful if you reside in a flat. You can also make your own compost bin easily and cost efficiently by following the steps given here! – http://blissfullydomestic.com/home-bliss/how-to-make-an-easy-diy-compost-bin/

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This small step will enable you to help the environment in small ways, reduce your carbon footprint, and leave the world less polluted for our future generations. It is an easy method that can be incorporated in our everyday lives.

You can calculate your own carbon footprint (http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx)

Credit: Rajoshi