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Home Composting: Less waste, more savings!

Sat Nov 23, 2019 Comment By : Surat Municipal Corporation
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How many times has it happened that, you start binge eating roasted peanuts and don’t stop till you finish like a few hundreds of it? Have you ever looked back and wondered what happens to those few hundred peanut shells that you just left behind? And do you know that those shells could save you a few hundred rupees every month? Interesting prospect you must think, then my friend the word you’re looking for now is “Home composting”. Let us get in the details, shall we?

These shells are organic waste that could be used in making home compost. Home compost is a method that turns your daily organic and vegetable waste into a natural fertilizer for your own home use. Homeing compost has many benefits.

  • Home composting Improves soil texture and water holding capacity of your garden, lawn and plant soil.
  • It takes just 10 minutes a week
  • Home composting can Reduce your gardening water bill & daily garbage deposit by 30%
  • It helps keep environment clean by reducing dependence on gasoline for transport to landfills.

Furthermore, home composting is really cheap and easy, because the main source material to make it is our daily kitchen and garden waste. Now let’s make our own home compost in four simple steps.

  • You can start home composting in any hollow vessel such as a pipe, bucket or a terracotta pot, as long as its bottom surface is porous. Make an inch long layer of soil at the bottom or use old compost or compost maker to create it’s base.
  • Cover it with 2-3 inch thick layer of dry organic waste such as dry leaves, dry weeds or paper. Over the top of the dry waste pour your organic green waste such as vegetable shells & skins, excess vegetable and fruit waste, tea leaves and coffee bean extracts etc.
  • Keep making these layers on the top of one another, till you fill the vessel around half. Make sure to create an inch of layer of old compost or compost maker on the top of every fourth layer of wet & dry waste.
  • The last layer should be 2-3 inch thick layer of old compost or compost maker. Cover this layer using green leaves or paper. Keep a heavy object over the lid to remove unnecessary air gaps which slow down the fermentation process.

Your home compost will be ready in 30 to 45 days. Remember the time it takes for your compost to be ready is directly dependent upon weather, humidity and other factors.

Home composting is a great way of saving on bills and protecting nature, Surat Municipal Corporation strongly insists every citizen to start home composting in their own backyard, gallery or terrace, starting from today.

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