Sustainable Living

Compost Bin and Planter

Compost Bin and Planter

 

Composting is becoming popular and achievable as people become aware of the benefits of composting and the many options available for composting. One of the top benefits of composting is reducing the waste in landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency over 20% of landfills are made up of food waste.  Reducing food waste in landfills also helps to lower methane gasses emitted from landfills to the atmosphere. Also, composting helps produce rich, natural fertilizer that can be used to improve soil and plants without contaminating ground waters with chemicals.

There are many options when it comes to composting. The compost bin planter shown in the video above is aesthetically pleasing so I don’t have to worry about upsetting any neighbors. The excess liquid from the bin, known as compost tea, remains in the soil around the container and does not require any cleaning and removing as it would in a traditional compost bin. The compost tea is rich in nutrients and helps with growing herbs and many other plans.

It may be necessary to keep 2-3 of these compost bin planters, depending on how much food waste you produce. I have three of these compost bin planters on my balcony. Each one is at a different stage of composting.  Once the first container was full, I moved onto the second, and third. The goal is for the first container to be through composting by the time the third container is filled up to continue the rotation cycle.

Being able to compost has been one of my goals for a long time. I was always hesitant to start because of living in an apartment. This compost planter helps me achieve my goals of reducing my waste tremendously. It’s also nice to know that my food waste is turning into rich organic fertilizer that I can use or share with friends and family to replace using fertilizers with harmful chemicals. At the end of the day, whichever method of composting you find that fits your needs is better than sending your food scraps to the landfill.