Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

The Composting Corner

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

The Composting Corner

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RUBBISH - this one word covers a multitude of different throw away or dispose of items.

Landfill areas for rubbish are becoming increasingly scarce and a costly issue.

It is such a waste when consumers can easily reduce the amount of rubbish put out for collection just with a little care and forethought.

We can start in the garden. How many people fill up their green waste wheelie bin for collection? Tens of thousands.

In many instances a large percentage of the green waste being disposed of could be recycled at home in the form of compost.

After all, that is what is happening to all that green waste you are throwing out and then you buy it back again from the processor.

Far better to do it yourself and you will be helping our environment immensely.

The benefits of composting are important. Less landfill would be of benefit to your local council while homemade compost will enrich the garden soil thus completing the cycle - you grow plants, enjoy them, compost and return to the soil.

Obviously it isn't quite as simple as that and some plant waste cannot be composted.

There are several brands of compost bins available so do some research and settle for one that is best suited to your needs.

One of the best I've come across is the Aerobin, it is well designed and simple to use.

Basically you put the green waste in the top and take the compost out of the bottom.

You will need a flat space in an unobtrusive part of your garden to put your compost bin, preferably in more sun than shade (but not in full sun).

Compost needs to 'cook' and if the place where your bin is situated is too cool, the material inside will take a long while to break down.

If you are a bit of a handyman, you can construct a bin out of concrete blocks or baulks of timber.

About one metre square is the size you need and have an open side to work from. …

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