4 Important Considerations When Composting Food Waste
Making compost out of food is one of the best ways of recycling waste into something useful. Imagine that!
Instead of throwing your food scraps out with the trash, you’ll be creating compost that can be used as fertilizer. Some enterprising folk may even sell their compost and make money.
Recycling food waste also reduces trash collection fees. There are people who have special arrangements with restaurants to help them remove all their food waste at no cost so that they can use this waste to make compost. The restaurant is glad to cut down on trash collection costs too. It’s a win-win situation.
Composting food on a small or large scale is pretty much the same thing. The fundamentals apply across the board and as long as you stick to the basics, your composting process will be successful.
In this article, we’ll look at a few food composting tips that you would do well to follow. You may wish to jot them down for easy reference.
1) Handle food waste properly
You can’t be lackadaisical when it comes to handling food waste. Unlike dead leaves and wood chips, food waste will start to smell. If you’re trying to get others to follow in your footsteps and compost their food, the smell alone will deter them. There are also health issues and pests, if you do not compost your food carefully.
2) Know the amount you plan to compost
Bite what you can chew. While composting food is straightforward, the more food you’re composting, the more space you’ll need. Your composting bins will need to be bigger and the process will need to be monitored more closely. Small errors are magnified when the scale of composting is large.
If you do not have any experience with food composting, start off small and learn as you go along. Ideally, start with composting the food waste in your household. Once you’re experienced, you can take on bigger projects.
3) Use the right composting bin
It’s crucial to use a composting bin when handling food waste. You can’t have a compost heap or pile out in the open if you’re using food scraps. You’ll end up getting rodents, pets or passing animals scavenging in your compost.
You’ll need a bin big enough to handle your food waste and it must be secured so that rodents or pets can’t make their way into it.
4) Who are you creating compost for?
If you only plan to create compost for yourself, then you’ll know how much you need. If you’re creating compost to sell to greenhouses or related business that have a need for compost, you must make sure that you have people who wish to buy your compost.
Some companies will have specific requirements regarding the compost. Make sure you know what they are so that you can create compost that they’ll readily buy. You do not want to be in a situation where you have an ample supply but no demand.
All the other usual rules such as making sure there is enough heat and aerating the compost applies. The four points mentioned above are to ensure that you’re prepared for the undertaking.
Poor planning usually leads to shoddy results or unfavorable situations. With careful consideration, your food composting will yield good, nutrient rich compost that you can use and even sell to make a tidy profit for yourself. They don’t simply call compost “black gold” for nothing.