Ways to Get Rid of Organic Waste
Many people simply throw out their organic waste, as it is a convenient way to get rid of it. The problem with throwing out organic waste is that it will end up in a landfill, where it will rot with the rest of the trash. While organic waste is biodegradable, it will produce dangerous methane gas when it is simply dumped into a landfill in perpetuity. In fact, not only is methane gas very harmful to the ecosystem but, in some cases, can even lead to deadly explosions. As such, we would recommend that you follow some of the quick tips below, as they are not only easy to implement but also affordable as well.
Use a Worm Bin
You can use a worm bin to eliminate all of your organic waste, and it is especially recommended if you have young children. In essence, you will be using the worm bin to create a makeshift worm farm, and the worms in your worm farm will consume the organic waste as a form of sustenance. Also, creating a worm bin is very easy. You simply need a clean container or bin and sufficient amounts of dirt to house your worms.
In terms of where to obtain the worms, you do not need to go on the hunt for worms in the dirt around your home or garden. Instead, you can visit your local home and garden shop or pet store in order to get the worms, and they can also provide you with the ideal housing for the creepy crawlers as well if you desire.
Yet another benefit of using worms to consume your organic waste is that worms actually leave castings behind after they have consumed sufficient amounts of organic waste. The castings that they produce are actually absorbed by plants, and the castings can also be used in order to enrich your soil if you are a gardener.
Composting to the Rescue
Many Canadian cities actually provide local residents with composting bins and will schedule pickups every week or bi-weekly. We would strongly recommend that you use composting in order to get rid of your organic waste, as it is not only a quick and convenient way to do so but it also quite a versatile method to get rid of organic waste.
That is, you can use compositing to get rid of everything from tea bags to discarded potato peelings. You can also simply get rid of any leftover food after breakfast, lunch, or dinner by simply throwing your leftovers into your handy compost bin. Composting is also very good for the ecosystem and is a very easy way to recycle all of your food waste at home.
Now, some people may be hesitant to try composting because of the foul odours that may emanate from their bin after a few days or even a few hours. The good news is you can get rid of any lingering odours by using bleach to sterilize the innards of the bin. We would suggest that you do so every 2 weeks to be on the safe side, and you should also use water and soap to clean the compost bin each time that you get rid of all of the organic waste.
Another issue that some people may have with composting is that composted materials tend to attract fruit flies. If you are worried about a fruit fly infestation then you can leave some red wine vinegar or a large cup of red wine near your compost bin. Then, simply cover up the cup with some plastic wrap and create a few holes in the covering material.
By doing so, any fruit flies that are attracted to the red wine or red wine vinegar will be able to get into the cup but will not be able to escape from it. As such, they won’t be able to get to your precious compost and they will also not be able to bother you or your family as well.
Enrich Your Garden
If you are fortunate enough to be the proud owner of a garden then you can kill two birds with one stone by using your organic waste to enrich the soil in your garden. Organic waste will actually help with water retention, allowing the soil to absorb and retain moisture more efficiently. Yet another benefit of organic waste is that it will provide your soil with vital nutrients so that it needs to grow optimally.
Organic waste will even boost the drainage in your garden and will help your plants grow quicker and healthier. Also, please note that you will likely have to plant the organic waste directly into the soil. In other words, simply spreading, say, carrot peelings, all over your garden will likely not suffice to help enrich your garden.
If in doubt, we would recommend that you visit your local home and garden store in order to learn where and how to use organic waste in order to enrich your garden. They will show you the best way to incorporate all of your odds and ends into your garden in order to optimize its growth.