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Municipal/Regional composting is a good policy but there is a cost:
From Suffolk, UK:
A lack of home composting cost Suffolk taxpayers around £5million last year, council bosses have revealed.
Residents are now being urged to start their own compost bins, heaps and wormeries in a bid to keep waste out of black and brown bins.
Food and garden waste left in brown bins made up a third of all Suffolk household waste in 2011 and cost Suffolk County Council £3.8 million to compost. Compostable waste dumped in black bins, which was then disposed of in landfill, cost a further £1.5m.
Now councillor Lisa Chambers, cabinet member for environment and property management, has urged residents to do their bit to lower the waste bill and improve their gardens.
Presenting a report, she said: “If just 1% of this material was home composted instead, the council would save £50,000 per year, and clearly if we were less successful at promoting home composting in Suffolk it would cost us dearly.” She added: “In my garden I have a compost bin and a wormery and I have put virtually nothing in my brown bin. I have the view that it’s my waste and I want to manage it.”
“As well as creating great free fertiliser for the garden, home composting helps towards achieving the council’s target of diverting as much waste from landfill as possible. This in turn helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Mrs Chambers said: “The biggest barrier in trying to get people to compost is getting them to understand how they can do it. It does not smell or encourage rodents.”
Craig Renton, waste advisor and master composter co-ordinator for SCC, said all eight of the county’s local authorities are signed up with the National Home Compost Framework under the Suffolk Waste Partnership.
He added: “This enables Suffolk residents to buy a basic compost bin from as little as £16 (less than half the RRP). Residents can access the range of items available (including wormeries, bokashi food digesting systems) via the dedicated Suffolk website provided through the national framework.”
Its your food waste. Keep and use it in the best way possible: in your own yard. If you can’t compost, find someone in your neighbourhood who would be willing to share their compost bin with you. Compost Here is a good resource.
Newly opened [July 13, 2012] Homesteader’s Emporium
will carry everything you need to get started on a variety of home self-sufficiency projects, like growing and preserving your own food, making cheese, keeping chickens, or making soap!
And bokashi too! Here is owner Rick Havlak with our bokashi buckets and bokashi.
Hours of operation:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
…a few blocks east of Main St. in the heart of Strathcona between Princess and Heatley.
649 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1R2
I read this post on Organic Gardening and was motivated to make my own bokashi bucket. It makes me pretty upset to be throwing the compostables in the garbage just because I live in an apartment building. I totally understand why there is no apartment composting yet – apartment dwellers use the anonymity to throw whatever they want in whatever recycling or garbage bin is the closest. I can’t imagine the nightmare of an apartment-sized compost bin.
Boyfriend went to the hardware store and got two lovely 5-gallon buckets and drilled the required holes in one. I got my bokashi bran from The Bokashi Man [my old blog/website – Al]. It’s that easy! When the bucket is full I will let it sit for a week then dump it in my sister’s compost.
There are many ways for people who live in apartments to compost in the city. Compost Here is a way to connect people who want to compost with people who have compost bins. Spread the word!
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Here’s a video about bokashi made in the summer of 2008:
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