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Making the most of your household green waste
13 July 2016
Making the most of your household green waste

Most New Zealanders are fortunate enough to live in a land of abundance. Our temperate climate means that we have the ability to grow our own food, and despite the occasional online prank suggesting that doing so is illegal, many Kiwis cultivate their own little patch of fruits and vegetables right in their backyards.

The downside of having a productive veggie garden and well-stocked produce aisles in the supermarket is the amount of organic waste - we prefer calling it resources rather than waste - these can leave behind. According to the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign run by WasteMINZ, over 120,000 tonnes of food are thrown away in NZ every year. For the most part, that waste comes down to keeping too much food.

What if, instead of sending that food and all the scraps to landfill, you could make use of it in your own garden?

 

How can you make better use of your green waste?How can you make better use of your green waste?

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Figures such as those outlined above are obviously a concern, and all NZ families should do what they can to reduce the amount of food they are wasting. That said, there's sometimes no avoiding the problem, and even the most conscientious Kiwis may find themselves with unwanted scraps.

Rather than simply adding it to the household rubbish, however, creating a compost system is a great way to get some further use from our waste. Let's look at how you can achieve this with limited space and little fuss.

The Hungry Bin produces earthworm castings and a fertilising liquid - both of which are rich in soil nutrients

The Hungry Bin

For households without a huge amount of space, keeping the compost confined to a small area is likely the right way to go. For this system, the Hungry Bin creates, in essence, a portable worm farm, which can process up to two kilograms of green waste daily.

The Hungry Bin produces earthworm castings and a fertilising liquid - both of which are rich in soil nutrients and can be easily retrieved without interfering with the environment inside. To get the process underway, start with a bag or two of well-watered mature compost as a base in your bin, then simply place some MyNOKE organic compost worms on top.

Before long, the worms will have made their way into the base layer and will be eagerly awaiting fresh supplies of green waste, which you can then start depositing into the top of the bin. After several weeks, your Hungry Bin should be home to a vibrant environment, producing highly effective fertiliser to use on the rest of your garden.

For further advice about composting, or to get your hands on a Hungry Bin and a starter pack of compost worms for your backyard, get in touch with MyNOKE today. Simply order online today and start your own worm farm. If you have larger volumes like truck loads of organic residues the MyNOKE team is specialised in industrial scale vermicomposting, but at home we all use the hungry bin worm farm.