5 reasons to start composting at home

Brighter days are ahead and there’s never been a better time to start your very own composting journey. Lately, we’ve been talking a lot about reducing food waste to prevent climate change. But did you know that composting can be a tremendous help? For centuries people have composted at home and thanks to technology, it’s now also incredibly easy. If you’re on the fence, carry on reading. We’ve got five great reasons for you to start home composting this weekend.

Start home composting to reduce garden waste 

Have you ever had a good tidy up of your garden and realised there isn’t quite enough space in your wheelie bin? You might be tempted to ask the neighbour if you can use theirs. You may be forced to stop your garden activity halfway through and end up with a questionable looking bush. Worst-case scenario, you chop everything and don’t realise how little space you have, so you need to drive to the local recycling centre to dispose of it. By home composting, there’s the potential to avoid all these issues. 

Trim your bush. Chop down that tree. Mow the lawn. All these things can go in your home composting bin. Even old bouquets of flowers. By having a compost pile at home, you can significantly reduce your reliance on a garden waste bin or collection. 

Home composting can reduce food waste 

Just like home composting can reduce garden waste, it can also aid with food waste. We know that food waste is one of the most problematic areas of climate change, which is why we suggest home composting. It’s a fantastic way to help the environment with minimal effort. It’s worth noting that not all foods can go in your home compost bin, here are food items that you shouldn’t put in there: 

  • Meat 
  • Fish 
  • Dairy products 
  • Cooked food 

If your council doesn’t provide a separate food waste collection, then having a home composting pile is essential for reducing the impact of your food waste. If you don’t have a garden or feel like there’s not enough space, stay tuned. You’ll be amazed at how small a compost pile can be. 

Reduce your demand on resources and become self-sufficient 

Garden waste subscriptions are becoming increasingly popular amongst councils, so why not remove your need to buy one by starting a home compost pile. You might even be able to help your neighbours by taking theirs in too – anything to help grow your compost pile. 

But what if you’re not looking to make some money savings? Well, home composting can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint too. Remember every action has a carbon equivalent, if there’s no waste to collect then there are no emissions created by trucks who collect, no emissions created through processing it, no emissions involved with by-product distribution! You drastically reduce the carbon fuelled process when you compost your grass clippings at home. 

Create your own compost for gardening 

You may have stumbled across this blog because you’re already green-fingered in the garden and are looking for a new challenge in 2022. Well, here it is! If you’re an avid gardener, then you’re aware of the benefits that compost can bring to your shrubs and bushes. It helps enrich the soil, retain moisture, and suppress plant diseases and pests. Depending on the size of your garden, you can expect to spend £10 per square meter composting your garden. Alternatively, the price of a compost bin can be as little as £16 with running costs next to nothing! We know which we would prefer each time Spring rolls around. 

Reduce your impact on the environment 

Like everything we do at Greenredeem, there’s an underlying theme. Helping the environment. While home composting can help save money, reduce waste, and give you a new hobby it all comes down to helping your local environment. 

In 2019 (arguably the last ‘regular’ waste year due to the pandemic) 5.4 million tonnes of biodegradable waste went to landfill – all of which could have been composted at home. In a single year, your compost bin has the potential to divert 150kg of waste from a similar fate. A fate that creates harmful greenhouse gases such as methane.

Is your next step to reducing your impact on climate change setting up a compost pile at home? There are plenty of types to choose from depending on how much garden and food waste you create, or how much time you’re willing to put into it. There’s a variable for everyone to get involved with home composting, we’ll be talking about these on the blog soon so stay tuned. Are you ready to create a new sustainable hobby this month?

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