I have been transitioning into HCRV for the last two weeks and am wondering about composting. This evening, I dropped 5.5 lbs of banana peels into the garbage can and thought, "There must be a better way! All these banana peels and melon rinds should not go to waste."
Can anyone advise about composting or otherwise reusing fruit and vegetable waste?
I seem to have to throw mine in the dumpster, apartment complex has a problem with me throwing them anywhere but the trash.
I could walk my buckets of unused plant matter outside the neighborhood and dump it in the woods, but I have to cross some roads.
Better to keep it closer to home. Is there a community garden, near you? Someone, there, might be able to compost your left-overs.
It's just some apartment complex full of morons, no one cares about much. Trying to find a way to move out.
Environmentally throwing it in the "trash" isn't a bad thing. It does seem sad to see good plant matter go to waste though.
Could you start a little garden? On your deck (if you have one) or a hydroponic one inside?
With others ?
I’ve composted for years. Even before I had a garden I had my black ‘box’ outside and all my kitchen wastes went in that.
About 3 years ago I took to the back lawn with a rotary hoe and we put a large vege garden in. The ready compost came in handy. I also built a bigger compost bin – 1 meter high x 800 x 800.
Its very fullfilling to see kitchen waste (and grass clippings etc) as good dark composted matter going back into the garden.
Not interested in growing anything here, at my wits end with this place. My only concern for now is that throwing them in dumpsters makes them end up in a landfill which I heard is bad for the environment somehow with the way it is burred, ammonia production or something.
Wondering how much better it would be if I started carrying it outside the neighborhood and chucking it into the nearest wooded area.
backyard composting. . . .
apartment composting. . . .
Food waste thrown into garbage cans headed for landfill is terribly irresponsible, sorry peeps! Why not just eat McS***?
When we are eating healthy and consciously we really need to consider all aspects of our lives, not just the parts we want (Bannana's) and throwing out what we don't (the peels) without adequate care and concern. Same goes for sharing and caring for all life around us.
So if you don't want to garden, you don't have the space whatever the case maybe (blah!), the best way to turn that unwanted energy is to share it, give it to someone that would love it, give it back to life, ask your neighbors if they would like your unwanted scraps for compost for their worms ~ network, connect, and care for your neighbours and Earth that gave you the food in the first place...
Remember also that your scraps need to be Organic so it does not pollute the Earth, Waterways, Life, if you think buying cheap monoculture chemical food is healthy and feasible then you have missed the boat, your part of the problem. Organic/biodynamic natural/cosmic food is what we need to be eating and any biproduct from those scraps is Gold to anyone that gardens :) Trust me on that!
I've done a few video's about going beyond eating well by caring for the environment and creating community, maybe this will inspire you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-YZmV43g3k
Blissings dear travelers ;)
Depending on your situation,you may be able to start a composting process and from that a garden,even an indoor garden,is that possible for you?
With fruit and vegetable leftovers you would need to mix these with a high carbon material like dry straw,along with smaller amounts of nitrogen material like fresh grass clipping,manure,etc and maybe some rock dust.You could use one of those portable compost bins or make a bin outdoors.I dont know your situation but these are a few ideas.Otherwise spread the peels under trees,etc,buy a bale of mulch to cover them in a suburban situation to deter flies and any smell,,things like that rather than throwing in the garbage.....be creative.......
Thanks to all who replied. You put me onto the right track. And best of luck to David in finding a better place to live.