If you’re planning to cut food waste, you might also want to invest in a compost bin like those available from Wheelie Bin Solutions, who have kitchen waste bins in a range of sizes and colours.
With a kitchen and garden waste bin, you have a suitable container for organic waste and somewhere for it to biodegrade down into nutrient-rich compost that you can then put back onto your garden to help it thrive.
It’s one of the easiest and most direct examples of closed-loop recycling, and best of all, once you have your compost bin up and running you can do it all yourself.
What you can and can’t compost
There are only a few main do’s and don’ts of composting, for example if you want to compost meat and dairy, you’ll need to use special methods to avoid nasty smells and an abundance of creepy crawlies.
It’s usually better to leave out meat, dairy and bones; however you can include tea bags and egg shells, shreds of paper and cardboard egg boxes, garden trimmings and lawn clippings, and general kitchen waste like vegetable peelings.
Remember if you want a compost bin that the council will empty, you should make sure to buy the right colour kitchen waste bin and may also need it to be a certain size, and follow the council guidelines on what you can recycle in your food waste bin.
Keep your compost bin healthy
Throw the right kinds of food waste away and you’re already heading in the right direction, but you should also give your compost a dig over from time to time in order to aerate the contents of your compost bin.
Cutting down on food waste overall is a good way to be eco-friendly and save money too, and will help to give your compost bin longer to digest its contents down into a usable state.
There’s nothing wrong with having some friendly bugs in the bin either – worms in particular are a good aid to digestion so if you come across any while digging your garden, don’t be afraid to throw them in the compost bin where they’ll be safe and well fed. Just be careful when digging through your compost!
What to do with your compost
There are plenty of uses for your compost – and assuming you have the right size and colour kitchen waste bin, you might want to let the council empty your kitchen and garden waste bin and take care of the contents for you.
If you’d rather keep your compost for yourself, then keep digging and turning it over until it’s well digested down, and then dig out the rich, dark brown compost from the bottom of the bin to use.
You can use it to top up nutrient levels in your flowerbeds, or add a little to pot plants and water it in as a handy way to refresh the supply of minerals to indoor plants – you might even be able to grow your own veg from it and really close your food recycling loop.