A Neighbourhood Zero Waste Composting Scheme

March 6th, 2010 by Richard Lord

One Guernsey parishioner is inviting his neighbours to supply his compost bins and compost pile with garden waste and food waste.

Would you consider doing the same?

Do you have the land or the bins available to accept the green waste and the food waste from your neighbours?

If you do, please treat the food waste carefully to avoid attracting vermin and causing odour problems.  Place the food waste in a large container that excludes vermin.  Balance the carbon and nitrogen content of the food waste compost by mixing with green waste and suitable paper and cardboard.  Turn the compost pile frequently to keep the material well aerated and avoid odour problems.  Anaerobic (oxygen-less) conditions cause odour problems.

This parishioner has distributed a flyer to his neighbourhood with the following information:

Since the States is going for a Zero-Waste option (Hooray!) I can help keep your bins cleaner & emptier and save some trips to the Chouet green waste tip: you can dispose of quite a lot of your “rubbish” by adding it to my compost heap and bins!

You don’t need to let me know first – just add any spare garden waste to the compost heap (just inside the field gate, and put any kitchen waste in the green compost bins, next to the compost heap. Sorry, I can’t provide a kitchen compost caddy for everyone, but try using a plastic ice-cream tub or something similar in which to collect your waste.

Compostable Garden Waste (for the compost heap) includes:

  • lawn-mowings
  • flower and shrub prunings
  • old plants
  • hedge trimmings
  • rabbit/guinea pig bedding
  • etc.

but please don’t include old woody stems as they take too long to rot down, and no plastic (of any sort, including polypropylene garden string), coal ashes, metal, nappies, cat litter, wood, fabrics, etc

Compostable Kitchen Waste (for the compost bins) includes:

  • vegetable and fruit peelings and scraps
  • left-over cooked food (preferably with no bones or meat)
  • old flowers
  • wet or dirty (non-recyclable) paper and cardboard
  • dogs hair (and your’s, from bath plugs and hair brushes!)
  • tea bags
  • etc.

but, again, no plastic of any sort or anything else (as for the compost heap) that won’t rot down.

With thanks for any contributions.

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