It may not be thanks to the weather forecast that you will notice, but today, Saturday 20th March, it is well the first day of spring … and with that the good weather, barbecues, mixed salads and moments outside should return … Right outside it is time to clean up the garden, which is coming out of its hibernation …
And this year you can choose to compost your waste to reduce it. In the kitchen in particular, it is becoming increasingly important to sort, compost and recycle it. Find out how and, above all, what can be recycled, lighten your bins and do something for the environment!
According to ADEME, we released 568 kg of household waste per year and inhabitant in 2016. According to ADEME, that number is down around 4.9% as of February 9, 2021. This is already progress, but for the most part it is possible to get better results even in the kitchen by composting!
Why compost kitchen waste?
Food waste makes up about ¼ of the weight of our household waste (therefore incombustible). However, some kitchen waste gets composted even if you don’t have a garden. We had tested the Bokashi, which still fulfills its functions perfectly in our kitchen. If you don’t have a garden, the kitchen composter can be used to make your compost thanks to a biological activator that converts waste into fertilizer.
What exactly is composting?
In nature, composting takes place with rain, earth, wind … Organic substances decompose and feed plants and trees. In a kitchen composter, the principle is the same, with the difference that we have to add an activator (bacteria, fungi) or compost worms (earthworm) for the magic to work.
What can you compost in the kitchen?
Most kitchen rubbish is compostable: peelings of vegetables, fruits, crushed oysters, eggshells, tea (with the bag if it doesn’t have a clip), coffee grounds (with the filter). Some leftover food can also be composted as long as there is no sauce or something too greasy …
Most kitchen waste is compostable: vegetable and fruit bowls, crushed oysters, eggshells, tea … Photo credit: Shutterstock / candle photo
You can also add dry breadcrumbs. And if you haven’t already switched to a washable paper towel, you can compost it just like paper towels or disposable handkerchiefs. This list is not exhaustive, but it definitely is how we use kitchen compost. 50% wet waste (scrubs, tea, coffee), 50% dry waste (pieces of cardboard, paper towels). This is the right recipe for successful compost!
And then ?
If you have plants, you can feed them with your compost after a few months. Otherwise, you can send your compost to a recycling center, a collection composter. Or give it to a neighbor who has a garden. Check with your town hall about what to do with your compost if you have no personal use for it … However, do not throw it into nature, even if it feels good, it will bail and equate to a wilderness it can be very expensive!