Composting hasn’t come easily for me. I’ve been trying on and off for the past few years to compost our kitchen scraps and encourage my family to do the same. Seems like a pretty simple task, yet I’m struggling.
My composting system is in place, however I can’t get into a groove.
Here’s why composting isn’t working for me:
- The smell
- The fruit flies
The fruit fly problem was so awful last year that I ended up leaving the composting pail on our back deck for most of the winter. I needed a composting vacation.
Here’s the challenge:
Give Compost A Chance: Food scraps make up 7 percent of household waste, on average. Try composting your food scraps instead of sending them to a landfill and and watch your garbage bag deflate.
Did you know that a typical household throws away an estimated 474 pounds of food waste each year. That means about 1.5 lbs per person a day in the U.S. Food scraps generated by all households in the United States could be piled on a football field more than five miles (26,400 feet) high. That’s a lot of waste.
The solution to my composting issues was simple: dump the compost pail outside in the compost bin daily so there’s no opportunity for fruit flies or that horrible smell to surface.
Here are a few tips to make kitchen scrap composting work for you.
- Invest in a quality compost pail for your kitchen.
- Do not compost meats, dairy and fish. Stick with other food scraps.
- Keep all pesticide and/or herbicide treated food scraps out of your compost bin and pail.
- Empty your containers daily to insure that no smell spreads throughout your kitchen or home. This will also keep the fruit flies away.
It’s amazing how I’ve reduced the amount of garbage we throw away by composting our kitchen food waste.
What’s your trick to composting? I’d love to hear.
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