Backyard Composting

About 1/3 of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted! Food makes up the largest percentage of waste going into municipal landfills. When food waste decomposes in a landfill it releases methane gas, a dangerous greenhouse gas.

Instead of throwing our food scraps with the other household waste, we can make use of it in several ways. For example, composting. Composting avoids food waste from ending up in landfills and reduces the amount of household waste. An easy and convenient way of composting is doing it in your own garden/backyard.

Composting has several benefits;

  • Saves water. Compost helps to soak water in the soil and releases it to plants.
  • Increases organic matter in the soil representing
  • It helps plants absorb nutrients from the soil and providing extra nutrients.
  • Moderates soil pH and temperature, which enhances the growth season.
  • Controls soil erosion.

I usually collect all the food scraps that result from a regular day in a plate/bucket.

Waste produced from one breakfast; banana and orange peels, tea leaves, sunflower seeds, eggshells.

I don’t keep the waste indoors more than one day to avoid any smell, mold, or insects coming into the house.

I also avoid composting waste resulting from meat and dairy products as this type of composting (aerobic composting) cannot break down these.

Basically, I dig a hole in the soil, place the food scraps in it, and cover it again. As simple as that!

in-soil composting

If you live in an apartment with no garden, but access to a balcony, for example, you can try to dig some of your waste in a plant pot of some sort.

For other composting methods, check out 6 composting methods you should know about

Read about other ways of avoiding organic waste here: Food Waste & Don’t waste the pulp.