Your Own DIY Compost
I never thought I would be so proud of a bin of food scraps! But two years on, my DIY plastic-free compost is going strong. For me this little project has ignited a real passion in what we should be doing with our food waste!
In this one bin is all my food scraps from two years which is pretty incredible! And it doesn’t smell!
In a perfectly green world our waste bin at home shouldn’t be used all that often if we compost and recycle properly while adopting a REFUSE mentality of cutting down our consumption of unnecessary packaging and choosing glass over plastic.
And having your own backyard compost bin is such an easy way to plant the seed to creating a greener little world for yourself and the planet.
It doesn’t have to be a fancy or expensive and you don’t need a lot of space – it is super easy
Composting can remove 20-50% from your household waste stream meaning it reduces the burden on landfills.
When organic matter like food waste goes to landfill it ends up decomposing anaerobically—or without oxygen. For the visual – imagine food waste trying to break down through an indestructible man-made product like chemical-riddled plastic bags. In landfills. In the heat. This isn’t natural.
This process actually creates methane, a greenhouse gas 20-35 times more potent than carbon dioxide at warming our planet!
If we composted food and other organic waste instead of throwing it away, we’d need fewer landfills, and there would be less methane emitted into the atmosphere.
What you need
- Non-plastic bin with lid (I used a 55L Metal Bin from Bunnings $30)
- A drill & drill bit
- A marker pen if you want to be particular with drilling placement
YES to compost!
- Fruit & vege scraps
- Paper napkins/towels (chemical free)
- Grains and pastas
- Coffee grounds
- Egg shell
The range of earthy matter that can be composted is pretty impressive, to give you an idea click here for a list of 100 compostable items!
NO to compost!
- The pesky little stickers on your fruit & vege - this plastic will take years and years to even begin to break up! I actually leave the stickers at the shop as I have no idea how we can possibly dispose of them safely!
- Fish & meat scraps
- Tea bags – they’re housed in plastic!
- Glossy or coated paper
- Oils & butter
How to make your DIY Compost Bin!
I used texta to mark out where I want my holes to go, not forgetting underneath and the lid.
- Then get drilling - and whalluh! You’re so clever & have yourself a shiny compost bin!I
- Elevate your bin on a brick on something similar to aerate it underneath and pop it in shade or part shade.
- Then start with a dry layer at the bottom then top with a bit of soil if you like and then add your food scraps & a bit of water – the art of composting is layering!
A good compost pile is a perfect blend of dry or brown matter that contains carbon (dry leaves, clippings, straw, shredded paper) and wet or green organic matter mentioned above that contains nitrogen like food scraps.
Handy hint! The smaller you shred or chop your scraps before adding to your bin, the faster and more evenly it will all decompose.
I’m no mean green thumb so I definitely had a ‘just wing it’ attitude when I created mine and it works! If it seems too dry I add some water or more green matter, if it seems too wet I treat it to some dry/brown goodness!
Just experiment and give it a whirl!
Turn your compost weekly with a shovel to mix it and add a little oxygen, this will help everything to breakdown much faster!