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After a meal, most people simply toss their leftover food in the trash or put it through the disposal.
However, food takes up approximately 30 percent of garbage. Do Your Part to reduce that amount by composting. Anyone who does not have the yard space can use an easy alternative. If you want it outside simply use a compost bin or find a place outside to get started.
The key is to keep a balance of green and brown. Green waste is rich in nitrogen and can include most of your food waste and lawn clippings. The brown is carbon-rich items like branches, dried leaves, coffee filters, egg shells, or sawdust. The key to any good compost recipe is to have a little more carbon than nitrogen. Every so often, give it a stir to help the decomposition process. The one thing you don’t want to put in an outdoor compost pile is meat products or bones because it attracts animals. But say you really don’t have the space outside for a compost pile or rather have something a little more convenient. There is an electric composter by Nature Mill that can be shipped right to your door.
It comes with just about everything you need to get started including saw dust pellets. You can put almost anything in it, including meats, and the appliance does the rest. Every so often the upper chamber automatically mixes and aerates, then it dumps it into the lower chamber.
Every two weeks, there is new batch of nutrient-packed compost. The electricity it uses comes out to about 50 cents a month and the machine is made with recycled and recyclable materials. The compost produced is the perfect fertilizer for garden plants, lawn, shrubs and trees.
And as you spread out your compost you will Do Your Part to keep all that food waste from going to our landfills