4 Effective Ways to Recycle Biodegradable Waste

4 Effective Ways to Recycle Biodegradable Waste By Marcus Wiseman - July 19, 2019
4 Effective Ways to Recycle Biodegradable Waste

4 Effective Ways to Recycle Biodegradable Waste

Bio-degradable waste is plant or animal matter that decomposes naturally with exposure to oxygen, microorganisms, and heat. Recycling bio-degradable waste into usable, nutrient-rich material is known as ‚Äúcomposting.‚ÄĚ The particular material made through recycling can later be merged into the soil. As it's not always easy to composting your own waste at home, private organizations and Millwright Services Toronto are making it less complicated than ever for suburban and urban residents to recycle the bio-degradable materials.

1. Biodegradable Materials Collection

Collect Scraps and Organic Food Waste

Gathering compostable material needs a bit extra work - you just need to place organic things, for example, scraps and food waste in a collection container. As you may buy a specific indoor compost container, many people gather their scraps and food leftovers in repurposed trash cans, compostable bags, or plastic food containers. 

After eating or preparing foods, place the food leftovers into a compost collection container. Store the collection container under your kitchen sink, on the counter top, in your freezer, or your fridge. (Source 1, Source 2). 

Gather Green Manure

If you're composting in your backyard, your stack ought to include 50% green manure or waste. These things, which expose nitrogen into the stack, work as a catalyst of the composting process. Food waste and table scrapes are a couple of forms of green waste. 

Some other green waste items are:

- Tea bags or tea leaves

- Clover

- Wheatgrass

- Buckwheat

- Coffee Grounds

- Grass clippings

Store all these things in your backyard waste container. (Source 3)

Separate Brown Waste 

Brown waste forms 50% of the compost pile. The brown waste provides co2 to the compost pile. You'll find brown waste items both inside your house and outside in the backyard. (Source 4)

Most of these items include:

- Untreated sawdust

- Shredded paper

- Shredded newspaper

- Sticks

- Dead twigs

- Shredded brown paper bags

- Leaves

- Straw

2. Join A City Composting Program

Call Your City's Waste Management Department

Cities across the USA and Europe have dedicated to eliminating or reducing their residents' waste. In order to achieve this particular goal, these cities established curbside composting plans. To learn more about the community’s public plan or to know if your city provides this service, contact the city’s waste management department or visit its website.

Be sure to ask how often the city gathers compostable material. Do they gather it once a week, twice a week, every 2 weeks, etc.? (Source 5, Source 6)

Become A Member of City’s Composting Program

Whenever you contact the city's waste management department or visit its site, look for or inquire about directions on signing up for this service. Each and every city’s sign-up process is a bit different. To sign up the program, you may have to fill out and submit an online form or send in a hard copy of the contract. (Source 7, Source 8)

If the building where you are living is already listed in the city’s program, your landlord will be responsible for providing you with all the required information and equipment. Your landlord will also be required to provide you with a main composting area. (Source 9)

Get A Composting Guidelines and Starter Kit

Once you've become a member of the program, the local municipality will supply you with the educational resources and equipment you need to start composting. The particular equipment provided will include an outdoor collection bin, an indoor bin, and compostable bags. The municipality may also supply you with a list of biodegradable materials, a list of unaccepted natural wastes and a complete set of information.

Your indoor collection bin is usually designed for your kitchen area. Some people place this bin under their kitchen sink or on their countertop. Put and set a brown paper bag, compostable bag or newspaper in an inside bin to ensure that it stays thoroughly clean. If you're worried about the mess or smell, you may even freeze all of the compostable food leftovers. (Source 10, Source 11). Study the pointers for the city's composting plan. Write down the right procedures and the city’s approved compostable materials. (Source 12, Source13)

3. Compost Bio-Degradable Waste at Home

Get A Composting Bin

To be able to compost in the backyard, you have to buy or build a composting bin. This particular bin ought to be placed in a low light location that's in close proximity to a source of water. 

Some types of bins include:

Compost Tumblers: These types of rotating composting bins are the most reliable mobile bins available on the market. The revolving drum makes it quick to aerate and turn the compost. The paddle helps you to aerate the compost and prevents the waste from clumping.

Homemade Bins: You can make your own square or round composting bin out of wire mesh siding and fence posts, lattice, or wood and brick. Construct a structure that is 3 feet deep and 3 feet wide.

Compost Containers: This item, is known as a compost digester, which is encased on the sides and top. Its bottom sits directly on the floor. Although most of these containers are inexpensive and small, it is not easy to turn the pile inside it.

Always Maintain A Well Turned, Covered, And Moist Compost Pile

To make sure that the microorganisms decompose the brown and green waste into compost, the pile should remain warm, moist, and well oxygenated. Keep an eye on the pile regularly.

Burry New Materials After Adding Green Manure 10 Inches Down   

When the compost pile is well constructed, you can add more green manure and green waste to the compost. These items give nitrogen to the pile. This nitrogen works as a catalyst in the composting process.

You can use a pitchfork to mix green manure and pile. Recommended green manure products include clover, buckwheat, wheatgrass and grass clippings.

Berry fruit, vegetable, and other food leftovers 10 inches below the pile. (Source 14)

4. Finding Alternative Options for Recycling the Bio-Degradable Materials

Signing Up for A Private Composting Program

If your city's municipality doesn't offer a public composting program, visit a private composting company in your area. Opt for a company or a program that isn't too expensive that can meet your requirements, and fit into your daily schedule. When you become an active member of the program, the company will provide you with a composting bag or bins.

Donate the Organic Waste or Material to Community Gardens or Local Farmers 

Giving the bio-degradable materials away is a great way to support the systems and farmers that produce food for the neighborhood. Contact community gardens and farmers in your town to find out if they accept organic material donations.

By Marcus Wiseman - July 19, 2019

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