So in trying to be as eco-friendly and green as I possibly can I want to start my own compost. I've done a bit of research on it and it seems fairly easy but I haven't talked to anyone(s) about it. I honestly don't know/have any friends that care about it or are interested in starting it. So many 20 somethings in this generation are lazy and don't want to do any work. Easy or not.... Anyway, I have 4 roommates and we live in a nice size condo. None of them are against composting as far as I know and they may want to pitch in after they see how easy it is. I was at first thinking of doing a small one that could fit under our kitchen sink but every time I look at how fast we go through garbage and that a lot of it could be composted I think I should do a bigger one.
Does anyone know something about composting? Could I put it outside on our patio? It would look discrete, we don't use it for sitting and it's a nice size. And how could I start it with a bin or something I may already have at my house??
Composting in your apartment? Hmmm... Maybe it is possible but I never heard about it.
For decomposition of green and brown waste (you need both for good compost) various bugs are essential. Not sure if you want to invite them to your house.
It also smells although there are ways to limit that.
I have two 55 USgal (200 liters) compost tumblers that I made from some recycled wood for the structure and recycled food grade containers that held olive oils before. This is the fastest, cleanest and odorless method of composting yet you still need at least 2 months to make the compost. It takes me less than one week to fill one container and then I have to wait at least two months because nothing can be added after the process starts.
90% of my waste still goes to the landfills...
In England we had brown bins for garden waste. You can check with your local authorities if they collect organic waste in your area.
Yep! Indoor composting. I did searches on this because this is most likely the only method I can use with where I live right now.
the second one is on the louisiana deq website which has a lot of info on being environmentally friendly.
I also saw while searching that if the composting is done correctly and looked after well it shouldn't smell. And since I live with 4 other people we go through a lot of food and garbage bags. I really don't know if I want to do the type of composting that takes forever and still have most of it going to the landfill. In my city there's a program where you can bring your compost to a specific place and they turn it into mulch so that's probably what i'll do since I can't have my own big garden.
Quote from the indoor compost bin page:
Another NOTE: You can add about 1-2 pounds of veggie scraps to your bin every week...
That's like composting bin for gnomes.
Banana peels from 6 pounds of bananas weight 2 pounds. So that means you can compost scraps from one meal a week :)
get a worm bin 21 times larger :)
and if your friend are LFRVs as well then rent the next door apartment and fill it with worms :)
But seriously speaking maybe you can find someone to collect that stuff from you on weekly basis.
I have an ongoing battle with rats. Unfortunately, apart of eating fruits they also love other stuff whether made of plastic, wood or metal. I'm not going to invite more of them for sure :)
I have a compost pile but for garden waste only. It is definitely not a very quick way to produce compost.
Bahaha! I'd totally be into watching them with binoculars through the windows. Well I live in a condo and the way it's set up I don't have a backyard. The land that is free is where other renters walk their pets because it's the only grassy area there so I couldn't see if they could use that area for a site :( Thanks for the idea though Mike Rawsome.
@AngelaCamp that is actually the type of composting I'm thinking about doing.
I was just going to ask some questions about composting today too! So I'll just ask here. I've been wanting to start one for a while but haven't gotten around to it yet. If I start one now would it be ready for gardening next spring? I'd like to just start small and see how it goes and then do a larger one next year if it works out good. Anyway, I saw a video somewhere about using a regular garbage can (the round plastic kind, 32 gallon) and drill some holes in it for circulation. Then every once in a while they would just roll it around on the ground (with the lid on) to mix it up. Do you think that would work? What all can I put in it? Obviously I'll have tons of scraps from my fruits and veggies. Also we have plenty of leaves and grass clippings. Would that be all I need or should I add anything else? Thanks!