The Top 5 Apartment Composting MethodsBy Samantha Miller
Food waste is ravaging our beautiful ecosystem. These days, it’s becoming more and more evident that diverting food waste from landfills is of EXTREME importance for the survival of our planet.
But what about the people who don’t have access to an outdoor compost system?
This article will explore the top 5 methods for composting in a small space.
For an easy size-to-waste ratio, keep Mary Appelhof’s 1-2-3 Worm Bin measurement in mind (1 ‘ deep, 2 ‘ wide, 3 ‘ long).
Will vermicomposting work for you?
Bokashi composting is a low-cost, natural process which reduces and transforms food waste by fermenting organic material into a nutrient-dense end-product.
Because bokashi requires an anaerobic (no air) environment to succeed, it is more like pickling your food scraps rather than composting them (as composting requires an aerobic environment).
3. Compost Tumblers
When comparing compost tumblers to your garden-variety (pun-intended) compost bin, think of the compost tumbler like a Compost Pile 2.0: the tumbler speeds up the composting process by allowing you to turn the bin manually, therefore completely aerating your food waste.
Often larger than vermicomposting bins, compost tumblers may only be an option for those with access to a communal garden space or a fairly roomy balcony.
4. Community Composting
Sometimes, you'll find that those ole beauties attending farmer's markets already have a compost piles started. Be a dear: ask them if they'll accept your (veggie & egg shell) scraps. Sharing is caring, right?Unsure if there's a farmer's market near you? Check out this resource to locate a farmer's market near you.
Community gardens are excellent sources of both fresh produce and local know-how. Most community gardens have existing compost piles to which you can add your food scraps.Online resources can help you locate nearby community gardens.
5. Electric Composters (Food Recyclers)