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Recycling Kitchen Waste

Everyday, we throw away kitchen waste (such as banana peels, carrot stems, and leftovers turned bad) into the trash can. These kitchen waste are full of nutrients that end up in landfills to be never be re-used again.. or at least not in our lifetimes. However, your yard can always use more nutrients, so why not recycle your kitchen waste into your yard or vegetable garden?

The first thing to remember is that kitchen waste will eventually smell very bad (especially old meat and diary products) and attract insects and scavengers. So, the quick and simple solution is to bury your kitchen waste in your yard. Since most of us do not have sufficient amount of land to continuously do this, you will want to consider buying or building a composting container.

A composting container is basically a wooden or plastic box that speeds up the decomposing of organic matter in the box by increasing the temperature while still allowing plenty of ventilation for bacteria to thrive. This bacteria will then digest organic waste much more quickly than naturally in your yard. These composting containers will also keep out unwanted animals, minimize odors, and even kill some types of pathogens because of the heat.

You can even use composting containers for recycling yard waste (such as leaves and twigs) and pet dropping (without environmentally unfriendly pet litter).

Very quickly you will have nutrient rich and free compost that you can easily spread around in your yard and vegetable garden. This is especially beneficial with keeping the weeds to a minimum just like mulch.

Therefore, recycling kitchen waste is a simple way to help save you money and give you a healthier and more manageable garden that just happens to be good for the environment too.

by Phil for Humanity
on 01/01/2007

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