COMPOSTING: It is the right thing to do for Mother Earth, AND it can save you money. Selene Castillo with Austin Resource Recovery stopped by Studio 512 to break it down for us.
Selene says that composting at home is actually pretty easy! “You are taking organic materials like food scraps and yard trimmings, and instead of throwing them into your trash bin, you put them into your compost bin.”
Steps For Composting:
- To start out, let’s say you are making dinner and cutting up veggies. You may have some leftover pieces like potato skins, stems, cobs or cores that you don’t eat. Or maybe you have things like coffee grounds or food that is no longer good to eat.
- You can take all of those things and put them aside in a kitchen collector…or you can use an old coffee can, or regular bucket — anything really to hold your food scraps.
- Take your bucket filled with scraps out to your composting system. Depending on your container, you may need to load only one side.
- Then you will want to have some dry grass clippings, leaves or paper to add to your compost pile.
- The next ingredient you need for your compost pile is water. You want it to be moist like a damp sponge, but not soaking wet.
- Now you have all your ingredients, and you can close the bin and give it a little spin to mix it up!
- Once you fill the bin up, you need to let it all sit and break down. With time, it turns into compost. It has a ton of nutrients in it and is like food for your grass, garden and plants.
If you’re wondering what to put in your compost bin, Selene has some tips. “Organic materials are anything that occur in nature, so things like fruit and vegetable skins, peels and cores, coffee grounds, dead houseplants, leaves, grass clippings — all of that get heated in your compost bin enough to break down into compost. The only things that you really don’t want to put in your home system are things like cooking grease and fats, bones and meat, cotton, popsicle sticks — things like that. Those things need a lot more heat and time to break down and are better suited for an industrial compost facility. This may seem like a lot of information, but ARR offers free classes online and in person that you can take to learn everything you need to know to compost at home.”
And she has some options for apartment dwellers, too. “There are lots of options for home composting systems. With ARR’s rebate program, you choose what kind of system works your home and lifestyle. There are larger options more suited for outdoor space, and there are smaller options that work well in apartments or indoor spaces. You submit your receipts and rebate application, and as long as you pay the Clean Community Fee on your Austin Energy bill, ARR will send you up to a $75 rebate for your purchases.”
Learn more about Austin Resource Recovery at www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-resource-recovery
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