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do you compost, do you compost food at home
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Many households are composting their fruit and vegetables. Egg shells; dead flowers; human and animal hair; coffee grounds; glass clippings and newspapers can also be composed. Is this something you're currently doing at home?

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Love to, but we don't have a garden. Just a little concrete courtyard, so I would not be able to put it anywhere.
You can compost reduce your green kitchen waste even without a compost bin, even in the tiniest studio with no balcony. There is a kitchen bucket thingummy that uses anaerobic microbes to break down kitchen waste into a fermented liquid. Obviously you have a set up cost for buying the bucket with airtight lid, and the "kobashi" that goes into it to breakdown the kitchen scraps. It has a tap at the bottom to get the liquid, which you then pour into the garden outside, or on the nature strip, or into the next door neighbours compost. I find it smelly when I open the lid to put more waste in or open the tap to take the liquid out, so I keep a bottle of airfresher next to it for that, but once sealed again it doesn't smell. The smell might also be because I tipped in ricotta cheese. ;)
There are ways to compost on apartment balcony's as well. A garden does help, and has many environmental benefits. I compost.
Yes, not in a special bin, but I have a section of yard at the back under a tree which is just perfect for this purpose. It's really nice to use the soil once it's decomposed.
I have recently begun composting. I started by going to a free workshop, run by the local council, on composting and worm farming. We intially bought a kitchen anaerobic set up, but then decided we needed something bigger. As we have a garden with lots of leaves we decided that we didn't need the worm garden, just the compost bin. We have started with buying 2 bins, one to start with and one to move onto when the first bin is full.

It wasn't just the desire to reduce waste, it was also a desire to "condition" our soil as I want to start growing our own vegies.
No food waste leaves our property. I have 9 compost bins, 3 worm farms, chickens, quails and a dog so nothing goes it waste here. I even use old meat scraps and bones to breed maggots for the chickens. The only thing that I put in the bin is plastic and dog poo i'm very aware of the amount of packaging I bring home from shopping to keep this to the minimum. I live on a 600m suburban block
I used to compost food when I lived on 5 acres however now that I live in suburbia, I would not really know what to do with it or even where to compost it as my garden is not big enough to have any type of compost bin.
by Finy
Hmmm.....'glass clippings', 'composed'????

I compost all I can, including leftover teapot liquid.
Place all into plastic bags for storage in freezer.
When in the 'mood', place in bucket overnight to thaw out.
Pour it all over my lavender-coloured 'Crepe Myrtle' tree! It loves it, & in return, produces THE most beautiful, rich flowers!

I have tried and tried to do this at home. I successfully made a small compost heap out in the communal garden when I lived in an apartment, but sadly, now that I am back in with my parents it's not even a slight option!

I used to compost newpaper, glass, flowers and food :-)

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