Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Step-by-Step to Making a Compost Bin from Plastic Container

Recycling is easy if you know how to do it properly. With the three recycling magic words in mind: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, we can start our own recycling program by making a compost bin at home using a big plastic container. Here is how we can create a compost bin.

Get an at least 15 gallon plastic container. The larger the better. Preferably with a lid so that if there is any odor coming out from the process of the organic recycling, you won't have to smell it too much. There's no need to get a brand new container. A used plastic drum will already do the job.

Drill holes all around the container. The purpose of this is so that there will be enough air for the things to decompose. Drill the sides of the container, the bottom and the lid as well.

Throw your kitchen scraps inside the compost bin. They can be of eggshells, vegetable and fruit peels, coffee grounds, garden clippings and teabags. It is important to note, however, that you cut or break these into smaller pieces. This will help it decompose faster.

Maintain the proper moisture level. If the contents are too wet – you recognize it from the bad odor coming out of the compost bin – drop some dry leaves or shredded newspaper into it. This will help them dry out. Otherwise, when the contents are too dry, spray it with some water.

Sift to use the compost. When the compost is ready, you can use the sifted compost directly in your garden. Those in larger bulks can go back to the compost bin to decompose further.

Easy, right? Doing this will not only save your money from buying ready-to-use compost, but it will also clear out the degradable kitchen waste into something useful than just ending up in a landfill.

1 comment:

  1. very useful also something that I would never have thought of doing thanks for the step by step that is a really innovative Idea.

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