Does food waste biodegrade in landfill?
First, it’s useful to understand how landfills work. Modern landfills are huge underground storage places where we store compacted trash forever. Waste is compacted and stored without air and without oxygen (anaerobic environment). When organic materials break down in anaerobic environments, methane gas is produced. Methane contributes heavily to climate change, more than CO2!
Also, remember than landfills are not infinite. There is a limited amount of space that we can fill with trash before we need to close the landfill and build another one. It is estimated that 40% of waste sent to landfill is organic waste, so we could save a lot of space, and a lot of emissions!
So what can we do? Should we compost our food waste?
Easy answer: YES. Whether you compost food waste at home, or in an industrial composting facility provided by your city or council, you will reduce significantly your greenhouse emissions. By composting, we eliminate methane emissions. Plus, at the end of the cycle, you will get a free fertilizer for your plants to keep them healthy and looking beautiful!
How to compost at home? How to compost indoors?
We often get asked what is the best solution for home composting. There are many techniques, but if you live in a flat, apartment, or house without a garden to do your compost pile, we recommend trying Bokashi.
What is Bokashi composting?
Bokashi composting is a process of fermentation that converts all food waste into compost in 4 to 6 weeks only. It is more efficient than the traditional “backyard” compost pile, and you can compost ANY food scrap, including cooked food, meat, grains etc. The best part? You can do it indoor, from your kitchen, whether you live in a house or apartment.
At the end, put the compost straight into your garden or planters. Bokashi compost is teeming with garden friendly microbeswhich are vital for a healthy and productive soil. Your plants will love it!
Where to get a good Bokashi composter bucket?
There are many Bokashi composters out there. We have selected one that we like in our eco-brand directory, ideal for indoors composting, in small flats or apartments, with no foul smell or mosquitos. Click here to have a look.