One of the most concrete and simple ways that we can do to help divert organic waste from landfills is to compost them. Composting at home might sound intimidating or bothersome for some people, but in reality it’s really not that complicated.
Feeling skeptical? Worry not! We’re here to give you a detailed and step-by-step instruction on how to create your own compost using Waste4Change’s composting bag
Step 1: Prepare the Tools and Materials
First and foremost, make sure that you have all the necessary tools and ingredients at hand, i.e composting bag, gloves, shovel, and facemask. Also, do not forget to prepare the green waste and brown waste
For the brown waste, you can use chopped woods, dry leaves, and soil. As for the green waste, kitchen waste such as vegetable and fruit scraps will do the job.
Step 2: Create The First Layer of Compost
Put in the brown waste as the first layer of the compost. It’s ideal to prepare three kinds of brown waste, but if you only manage to gather two types, then it will do too.
Step 3: Add the Second Layer of Compost
The next layer will be the green waste, such as fresh leaves, fruits and vegetable scraps, as well as tea and coffee. It is strongly recommended to chop the green waste into small bits or pieces. That way, it will ease the decomposing process.
Step 4: Repeat the Layers until the Composting Bag is Full
Add another layer of brown waste on top of the green waste. Make sure it covers the layer beneath it nicely. Repeat this pattern until the composting bag is full.
Also, keep in mind that the ratio between the brown waste (A) and green waste (B) should be 1:2.5.
Step 5: Maintain Your Compost
Stir the compost using a shovel once in 3 to 7 days (the larger the compost the more often you need to stir it).
If the compost looks too dry, add some water or EM4/MOL solution, which can be purchased at some garden supply store. If it looks wet, add some more brown waste.
Step 6: Harvest Your Compost!
Mature compost is ready to be harvested on the 30th day since you put the first layer of the compost.
You can harvest the compost through the window at the bottom side of the composting bag. The final result/output of the compost can be used to fertilize plants or to be used in the next composting process as a brown waste.
Composting is all about trials and errors, but once you get the gist of it, soon you’ll find joy in composting, especially knowing that you already helped to divert the organic waste from ending up in landfills.