So why is it important to compost your food waste rather than sending it to landfill?
You may think there's little difference between sending your organic waste to a landfill site to rot and putting it in a compost bin or box to decompose in the garden. However, waste broken down in landfill sites produces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, whereas that decomposed by composting does not.
Starting the simple way
Composting at home can feel a little overwhelming to a novice, especially given the variety of options, advice and approaches you can find out there on the big world wide web.
Our own composting journey began as we searched for more ways we could lessen our impact on the environment, by reducing our waste and our carbon emissions. Not having a vegetable garden of our own to motivate and teach us about the amazing wonders of composting, we wanted the easiest, no fuss, no-brainer solution that would ensure we stuck to it and didn’t require science degree to figure it out. Enter Urban Composter.
This little gem made it seem so simple we had to give it a try. And to cut a long story short, we haven’t looked back. It even inspired us to start our own vegetable garden as once we saw our kitchen waste breaking down into beautiful nutrient rich soil, we simply couldn’t let it go to waste.
And the miraculous result is that we now have multiple thriving vegetable gardens that feed us year round at minimal cost and effort, and without the nasty chemicals found in a lot of non-organic shop bought produce.
So not only did we become more self-sufficient, but it now takes us 4 weeks to fill our 15L kitchen rubbish bin instead of 1 (we are a family of 3 including a teenage boy!), so reducing our contribution to landfill by 3 compostable bag fulls a month. We have also ensured that our minimal contribution does not contain unbroken down food scraps that release noxious greenhouse gases into the environment.
Who is it for?
The simple answer is Everyone!
If you live in an apartment or a home that doesn’t have space for a garden, fear not! The Urban Composter is designed specifically with Urban Dwellers in mind and there are multiple ways to dispose of your compost once it is full (read on).
The Urban Composter is totally adequate as it’s own complete system from benchtop to ground, or as a convenient and accelerated stage 1 of a more elaborate process, depending on what type of composting capacity you have and what method you have chosen (some of the wider known methods are Bokashi, 3 Bin and Worm Farm composting).
How does it work?
Urban Composter is a closed Bokashi style composting system that not only holds your scraps en route to your outdoor compost, but actually starts the composting process right there in your kitchen. No odors, no flies, no ick.
Your Urban Composter can sit on your benchtop, under the sink, in the laundry or outside. Just make it convenient so that it is easy to use. Your food scraps are cut into small pieces and are placed into the Urban Composter (smaller pieces ensures they break down faster!) and the lid sealed tight. All types of food scraps can be composted in this system including: Meat, Fish, Vegetables, Fruit, Dairy, Coffee, Wilted Flowers (just no bones or excessive liquids).
NB: we advise using a piece of paper towel to line the grate at the base to prevent smaller matter such as coffee grounds from getting into the tap.
Compost Accelerator spray is applied to the scraps each time you add them to your Composter Bin.
This dynamic fermented fruit extract is made in Australia and contains Effective Microbes (EMs) that will ferment and start to break down the kitchen scraps placed in the Urban Composter™ This process prevents any rotting and nasty odours during fermentation and the closed system also means no flies or rodents. The convenient spray bottle is easy to store and refill.
During fermentation, juice is released to the bottom of the composter which is saturated in good bacteria and nutrients. This can be drained by opening the tap at the base every few days, diluted 1:100 parts water and added to your flower beds or gardens. It can also be flushed as it promotes septic systems.
When your Composter is full, drain all liquid through the tap and add the pulp to soil. It can be buried in the garden, in a pot, or added to worm farms or outdoor compost heaps. When mixed with soil the remaining scraps will break down in about 6 weeks.
If you have nowhere to dispose of your compost, there are a number of options available to you depending on where you live:
Keep a large bin on your balcony or in an outdoor space, and use it to mix your composted scraps with soil so it can continue to break down.
Add this soil to flower beds and pots or donate it to a neighbour in need.
If you do not know anybody in need of your compost or soil, you can join your local Compost Collective to find a happy recipient who should come and collect it.
A lot of cities and towns offer compost collection services.
- At worst, if you have to dispose of it in landfill, add to your normal rubbish (in a compostable bag!) and it will already be at stage where it will no longer emit noxious greenhouse gases.
Check out our videos below for more information and instruction on how to use the Urban Composter . And please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know more about composting!