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Kitchen Waste Composting Tips

Quick, Easy, Stink-free Kitchen Waste Composting

Composting your kitchen waste can be tricky.  It is wet, mostly nitrogen and continually filling your compost bin.

With the right kitchen waste composting tips, you can speed up your kitchen waste composting and keep your compost bin smelling fresh.

Kitchen Waste Composting Tips

  • When possible, cut the kitchen compost into small pieces.
  • Make sure that foods with rinds, skins or hard outside covers are cut open.  You want the bacteria to get inside.
  • Drain any extra water if you are throwing the kitchen compost into a worm bin or other container which doesn't drain easily.
  • Add equal parts "brown" matter--one kitchen crock of kitchen compost and one kitchen crock of newspaper, cardboard, dried garden clippings, twigs, leaves, sawdust...  Whatever carbonous matter you have.
  • Keep kitchen waste compost protected from pest invasion.  Put a screen on top if the location would not be good for flies.  Put a fence around it if dogs, rats or raccoons can get to it.
  • Bury the kitchen waste compost at least 6" below the surface of a regular outdoor compost pile to prevent pests from invading.
  • Plan on managing your kitchen waste compost which has accumulated over the winter right after the spring thaw.  Add carbon, turn it and make sure the food is well buried.  When a large mass of organic waste thaws, it may become a stinky mess quickly.  After the spring thaw, your pile will balance out and become less "crisis" prone.

If all else fails, try either the NaturePro Mill or the Bokashi composting system.

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