A Quick Guide To Composting

A Quick Guide To Composting

Here at Lakeshore Recycling Systems, we know that many of our customers are trying to lower their carbon footprint and “go green.” One way for businesses, governments, and individuals can commit to a greener lifestyle is by composting. This is a way to recycle your organic waste into compost, which can be used in your garden or houseplants to boost growth and deliver more nutrients.

How to Start Composting

If you want to start composting, there’s a few things that you need to do first. You need a compost bin, which is used to store everything. These can be made from different materials, including plastic and wood, and they’re available in different sizes. Then you need to find a good location for your compost bin. You’ll want to find flat ground that can accommodate a bin large enough for your composting needs. It should be easy to access all year round and it’s better to place it on bare soil instead of a harder surface.

What to Use

Now you’re ready to start adding composting materials. For compost you want to use “green” and “brown” materials. Green materials include grass clippings, weeds, hedge clippings, and peels from fruits or vegetables. Brown materials include sawdust, leaves, hay, and cardboard. You can even use coffee grounds, tea bags, and eggshells in your compost.

While there are many materials that you can use to compost, there are also many things that you should not add to your composting bin. Meat, bones, fatty food waste, or dairy products can all slow down the composting process. In some cases you can still have a usable compost, but the process will take longer. Some materials can actually make the compost hazardous though. Treated wood and similar additions should never find a place in your compost bin.

Once you have the required materials, you’ll want to create different layers of similar waste. When your bin fills up, you should turn it every couple of weeks. This will speed up the process, putting you well on your way to using your compost.

Using Compost

Once your compost is finished it can be used in a wide range of applications. Depending on your methods and materials, the time it takes for compost to be ready can vary. You’ll know that you’re good to go when the compost is dark and crumbles in your hand. You’ll also notice that it smells appealing and earthy, much like good soil.

Your compost can be used on house plants or outdoor flower beds. You can also put your compost around trees or create brand new planting areas for whatever you would like to add to your garden. No matter where you use it, you can be sure that your plants are going to be stronger and healthier than they were before due to the nutrients in the compost.

This is just one of the many ways that you can recycle your waste and live a greener life. For more tips and tricks, reach out to your local waste removal experts here in Chicago. We’ll help you with all of your recycling and waste disposal needs.

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