Two of the biggest worries urban dwellers face when composting organic waste is making a mess and creating unwanted odours in cramped spaces. But with the right kind of kitchen compost containers and composting practices, you can turn your trash into ‘black gold’ and still maintain a clean and sweet-smelling abode.
Indoor composting even in small spaces
Most city dwellers don’t have the luxury of a garden or yard big enough for a compost pit. Surely, you also shouldn’t keep waste bins for compost material out on your balconies when you know that rats, flies, and other pests can easily access the containers. So what’s the best solution to this?
The best option is indoor composting. You just have to look for a compost bin for the kitchen that you can place under your sink or in a closet. However, if it is really difficult for you to do vermicomposting or aerobic composting inside your house, then opt for the next best thing. Collect your compost-friendly waste and then donate it to your neighbourhood’s composting site or community garden.
How to avoid the unwanted mess and odour
Use the right size of bins with lids.
Keep flies and vermins away by using kitchen compost containers with covers. This will also prevent smells from spreading throughout your home. There are even compost waste bins with carbon filters on the lids to trap the odours.
You must also pick a container that’s big enough to accommodate more than a week of your household’s food scraps and other organic trash. Generally, a 60-litre bin is adequate for 2 to 4 people. But if you can conveniently empty it on a daily basis, then a smaller one will do.
These are very helpful in keeping your composting bin kitchen containers clean for a long time. They can also contain liquids that might seep into the floor of your bins. Thus, opt for biodegradable/compostable liners.
In case your waste somehow leaks, then throw the liner and soils in your container, remove the waste, and clean your bin immediately. Make sure it is properly cleaned, dried, and that all smells have been removed before reusing it.
Empty the bin regularly.
This is an easier habit to develop when you use kitchen compost containers that are smaller because they fill up more quickly. Plus, since you can place them on top of the counter, they are always in sight. You won’t forget to empty them unlike bins under the sink.
In case there isn’t an easily accessible community garden or composting pit (one that won’t require you to walk too far or drive), ask your local council or your building or neighbourhood’s association if you can place a bigger organic food waste wheelie bin in the basement or at designated bin areas.
With a little more extra effort, you can reduce the amount of trash you produce and produce much needed rich compost soil for your benefit or someone else’s. And you don’t even have to get your hands or your house dirty or smelly.
Take your waste management efforts one step further by choosing compost bins made with fully recyclable materials. Check out Ecobin, sustainability enthusiasts who produce eco-friendly home, office, and school recycle bins. For more information, visit their website at: https://www.ecobin.com.au/shop/indoor/9lt-compost-caddy/