Recycling of food & garden waste for re-use
Composting on your building grounds is a great way to recycle some of the food and garden waste for re-use in your surrounding garden areas, planter boxes or pot plants. Practically anything that has lived at some stage can go into compost. This includes lawn clippings, garden weeds, and kitchen scraps. These are all rich in nitrogen and carbon which can be broken down relatively quickly.
The key to making good compost is getting the balance right between the carbon content and the nitrogen content. At least two-thirds of the mix should consist of material high in carbon like dry leaves, bark, sawdust, shredded paper, wood ash, egg cartons (pulp) and dry grass. Materials high in nitrogen include weeds, pruning, cut flowers, vegetable scraps, fruit peelings, pet manure and freshly cut lawn. Oxygen exposure is critical to the process. The final product is moist and has a fibrous texture. It’s dark in colour and smells earthy – ready to enrich your buildings garden soil for planting.