Barely a day goes by now without the news reporting an ecological issue, be it Polar ice caps melting at an increasing rate or new Carbon reducing initiatives from Central Government. As with much of the news, there’s not much we can really do to stop the ice caps from dropping into the Oceans though. Or is there?
Councils estimate that around 35% of our typical home waste which is thrown out with the rubbish, can be recycled. We’re going to be very brave here and say that the figure could possibly be even higher for those who really want to be. Visiting the bottle bank on a Sunday morning is the ‘norm’ for many of us, but how many of us have a compost bin in the garden? How many people have 3 compost bins? That’s the optimum number recommended by ecologists and gardeners alike.
Before we go into too much detail as to why you need 3 compost bins, let’s start with why you need one. Any waste which is sent to landfill which rots down naturally, not only takes longer to rot down when mixed with non biodegradable waste, but also releases toxic gases into the environment which helps to deplete the all important ozone layer, which as we know, in turn warms up the planet, melts ice caps, and…well, you know the rest.
Separating kompostownik z palet your various waste at home so your biodegradable items are put in your home compost bin also cuts road miles as the local council’s who collect your waste, will have much less to take back to their landfills. As importantly though, the output from the waste itself can be highly beneficial for your home garden. If you separate and mix your biodegradable waste into ‘greens’ and ‘browns’ (more about these in a moment), the waste can typically be turned into good, organic, usable compost for your garden in 6-9 months or so. By returning the waste to the earth, and growing further fruit and vegetables etc in that earth, you’re not only supplying the said fruit and vegetables with all important nutrients, but in the soils that lie to the South of London, you’ll allowing air to enter the heavily compacted clay soils, thus making the ground more fertile for your choice of vegetation. Oh, and of course, this is all free.
The obvious question is ‘why does waste that is rotted I compost bins not emit the same gases as waste in landfill’? The answer is that not only does properly composted material rot down quicker, but when added to the garden, it ‘traps in’ carbon. In effect, the carbon is buried which is why many real environmentalists even go so far as to try and dissuade gardeners from digging their plots because micro amounts of carbon are lost into the atmosphere every time we do.