When it comes to domestic waste, food waste is still the largest contributor to landfill at 35%. So, the best way to reduce your impact is to stop putting kitchen scraps in the red bin. Don’t have a yard large enough for compost? You don’t need it. Here are ways to compost, whether you live in a house or apartment.
1. Right in your kitchen or balcony
If you have a balcony or space in the kitchen, you can set up a mini system. You can buy products such as a worm farm and small plant pot in one or a small bin designed for the kitchen. Your local gardening store could provide more advice. Also, your balcony is a great spot for a worm farm.
2. Shared green space
If you have shared green space in your apartment block, why not talk to your agent, landlord or strata about setting up a compost bin? Make sure you provide plenty of instructions, as you don’t want any animal products or other non-compostable bits in your bin.
Some basics: turn the compost regularly and use a combination of green (kitchen waste) and brown (paper, wood, mulch) matter. Use the resulting fertiliser on your plants and share it with others. Check out our guide for more tips.
3. Community composting
4. Compost with friends
Work out an arrangement with your friends and bring over your compost with a Saturday morning coffee. If they have a worm farm, their worms will appreciate the food and their garden, the nourishment. Or, if you don’t want to rely on your friends, find a friendly composter on ShareWaste or The Compost Exchange.
5. Compost drop-off
Planet Ark has a nice searchable map to help you find a destination for your food scraps. Also, as part of our new waste strategy, we will soon offer residents an opt-in food waste collection service that will create a high-quality fertiliser for organic farming and green electricity.