Limerick City and County Council has released a new video to encourage home composting. Home composting is a natural way to manage organic waste from your kitchen and some from your garden. The simplest method of home composting is a compost heap on the ground.
The basic science behind the natural process of composting is a mixture of green (nitrogens) and brown (carbons) materials.
These, along with mini-beasts, microbes and moisture, are needed to help with the breakdown of the green and brown materials.
- The Greens are things that have gone off in your fridge and peelings such as vegetables
- The Browns are coffee grounds and unbleached filters, tea leaves and tea bags, shredded paper, cardboard egg cartons and leaves
If your compost is wet and smelly, add browns. If it looks too dry add greens and water.
Avoid putting dairy, meat, fish and all cooked items into your home compost as these go smelly and are more likely to attract rodents. Food waste of this kind should go in your kerbside food waste recycling bin.
Used together the kerbside food waste recycling bin and home composting can help reduce food waste from your home. Remember to try to prevent food items going off - the average family throws out €700 worth of food waste a year!
Sinead Mc Donnell Environment Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council said: “A kitchen caddy on your worktop is a good idea. This can be emptied daily into your compost pile. Aerate your compost pile once a week and let natures science take its course. Happy composting!”
For further information about managing waste and composting at home please check out: