Composting is a very easy solution to a very real problem. One million tonnes of food waste is disposed of each year in Ireland, 1/3 of this comes from households and that means that each person is throwing out about 80kg of food waste each year. This staggering number equates to €700 per household.
When compostable material like food, drink, paper and garden waste go into a normal rubbish bin the contents are not sorted through, they go straight to a landfill where it has a significant impact on our local environment.
Composted organic waste is a very valuable resource. If we can turn our food waste into a renewable energy we will help sustain the environment by giving back organic nutrients. It can be used to feed your garden, potted plants, greenhouse plants etc. It is also an excellent soil conditioner that helps aerate the soil. This saves you money as you don't need to buy compost. And by using your own peat-free compost in your garden, you are helping to save the last of Ireland's bogs which are home to many wonderful species of flora and fauna.
There are lots of ways to make good compost. The best method is one that is most convenient for you. There are many different systems in use today, including compost bins supplied by your local authority. If you wish to start composting at home have a look at "stopfoodwaste's" Compost-Brochure or visit their website here to learn more about the foods we waste, how composting works and what materials can be composted.
Just remember, composting is a natural process and even if you do nothing more than dump your organic waste in a heap, compost will simply happen!
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