Compost

​Food waste is a massive problem in New Zealand, and it's no different in our district. Every year New Zealand homes throw away 122,547 tonnes of food - this is enough to feed the whole of Dunedin for two years! Wasting this food costs the average household $563 a year.  If you would like to reduce how much of your food is wasted please click on this link: https://lovefoodhatewaste.co.nz/

There are many pig farmers in our district so you could approach one and see if they can utilise your wasted food. 

Do you have food scraps but don’t want to compost?  There are people who will take your waste and use it instead!  Click on the Sharewaste link to find out more! https://www.sharewaste.org.nz/

Alternatively you can compost this resource.  Compost is nature's way of recycling.

Some benefits of composting and worm farming:

  • Quick and easy way to reuse your food and garden waste
  • Lightens your rubbish bag - money saver
  • Creates natural fertiliser for free
  • Stops methane gas production by diverting food from landfill

Worm farming is a fun way to turn your organic waste, like kitchen scraps, into rich fertiliser for your garden in the form of worm castings and worm tea. 

Unsure how to create a compost?  Click on this link:  https://www.tuigarden.co.nz/ideas-and-inspiration/a-beginners-guide-to-composting/

Don't want to buy or make a compost bin?  Want to compost pet waste?  Trench composting might suit you because the scraps are buried directly into the soil – click on this link for further info:  https://www.compost.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/5-Trenching.pdf

How to make your own compost bin out of pallets: http://parakore.maori.nz/assets/Resources/How-To-Recycle/Compost-Bins-1.pdf

Unsure how to start a worm farm?  Click on this link:  https://www.tuigarden.co.nz/ideas-and-inspiration/a-beginners-guide-to-worm-farming/

Do you want to compost your pet waste?  Click on this link:  https://www.zingbokashi.co.nz/product/ensopet-pet-waste-composting-kit/

Do you have limited space for a compost bin? Fermented composting might suit you check out zingbokashi 
https://www.zingbokashi.co.nz/free-info/how-to-make-zingbokashi-compost/
or https://compostcollective.org.nz/bokashi/#Getting-started

Are you interested in compostable packaging?  Click on this link to an article about the pros and cons of compostable packaging products:  https://thespinoff.co.nz/food/28-02-2019/ending-the-magical-thinking-on-compostable-packaging/

If you would like further assistance please contact me and I am happy to help!

Page reviewed: 13 May 2019 4:46pm