I tried kitchen waste composting at home for a year and gave up, when I realised my time composting was better spent changing our purchasing patterns so we buy grocery items loose, without plastic. This is a little effort, because dry fruits, grains, fruit and vegetable of a good quality often aren’t available at the same store. But it’s been worth it, as it’s cut our plastic waste quite a bit.
We started to dispose of our kitchen waste in home made garbage bags made out of newspaper. It’s really easy, convenient, and smell-free.
I wrote the following poem many years ago, when I had 2 years of laryngitis due to the burning of garbage on the roads outside our earlier residence. It was common, so an ENT specialist had her clinic details posted on the society notice board!
Diwali, a festival of new beginnings, is the time I don’t walk down the streets. Firecrackers used to start well in advance of the festival, but this year seems better, and I’m grateful for it.
Still, roads don’t usually get cleaned immediately after Diwali here in Kharghar, and the remains of firecrackers and the strong smell is a health hazard for many. This year seems a little different and people are starting to realise that we need to change and find new, non-polluting ways to enjoy the festival. I hope this trend continues.
I first started composing my kitchen waste using the anaerobic method. I did this for a year, and later switched to smaller lots of composting using the aerobic method.
In this post, I talk about my current method of composting, why I switched to it, and the process of anaerobic composting I followed during my first year of composting. Plus some links on composting methods. Continue reading Kitchen waste composting at home