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Build your own kitchen waste compost bin
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:02:38 pm »
Don't let Welwyn Hatfield force you into their environmentally-unfriendly practices, take matters into you own hands and sort out your own kitchen waste recycling solution. Here's how. (I've started a separate thread to the existing Garden Waste Collection Charge thread so that these tips don't get buried).

Step 1
Get hold of a couple of the old plastic waste bins that were replaced, some years ago, by the wheelie bins. Luckily we have three. They will need to have tight-fitting lids. Two will do for this composting solution. If you don't have any you can pick them up for between 12.99 and 15. Use a high speed drill with a decent size bit. (Health & Safety - wear goggles).  ;) Drill holes in the bottom, sides and top. This is so air can get in to help the composting process.


The top of the bin


Sides of the bin (be sure not to weaken the bin)


The bottom of the bin (important for letting liquid seep out)

Step 2
Find a secluded spot out of view and in a place not likely to spoil your neighbour's view either. Preferably at the bottom of the garden hidden behind bushes. Lay out a few bricks to form a base. This is also so that air can circulate under the compost bin and help the material break down.


A few bricks as a base will let air circulate under your compost bin

Step 3
Put a thin layer of leaves and any grass cuttings at the bottom of the bin and then scatter your kitchen waste on top. If you have some more leaves or grass cuttings close by, scatter them on top. This is to separate layers of similar material. According to what I have read online, this helps break down the kitchen waste. Continue with the layers.


Put a thin layer of grass cuttings or leaves at the bottom of the bin


Scatter kitchen waste on top - cut up into small pieces if possible, and mix in


Put another layer of grass cuttings or leaves on top

Step 4
Give the whole lot a good watering, put the tight-fitting lid on, and job done. The tight-fitting lid is to stop magpies and rodents from getting in. It also, apparently, helps speed up the decomposing process.


Give the compost a good watering every now and then


Place a tight-fitting lid on top

Step 5
When the bin is full, perhaps in a year of so, start the second bin. By the time the second bin is full the compost in the first bin should be ready to use. I read online that if you can roll the full bin and mix it up a bit after the first year it will break down faster.


Choose a spot out of sight for both you and your neighbours



Important
Use only vegetable waste that has not been cooked. Don't use any meat products. You can use egg shells, but make sure they are crushed. Tea bags can be used but best tear them open. Used coffee is okay.

Have you any tips?
Have I missed anything? Is any of the advice above wrong? Edits/suggestions/revisions welcome. Just add them below.

Thanks

David

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