There are infinite reasons for you to start home composting: -
- The compost made from your kitchen waste is of high quality which improves the health of the plants in your house.
- It teaches us segregation of our waste.
- It connects us to the nature.
- Approximately 60% of our waste which is organic does not land up in the landfill which creates lot of air and visual pollution.
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No amount of waste should land up in landfill
Compost Tea builds plant immunity making it grow strong and healthy, helps control garden pests. Spraying the tea on the underside of plants gets the microbes to work on the leaves leaving no room for fungicides or pests to lay their eggs
Maggots are good for composting process. However, if you find many maggots, sprinkle a spoon of red chilli powder or neem powder to decrease their population
If your compost is smelling, the carbon content is not sufficient, or the pile is too wet or regular stirring is not done. Identify your case and troubleshoot accordingly
Jaggery will provide food for the microorganisms. Adding a small piece of jaggery in the compost tea can aid the process as it provides food for microbes
Indian cities are dirty and filthy because we put all our waste in one bin. So if we want our cities to be clean, we have to segregate our waste at source. We cannot keep blaming the government for everything.
If we can keep our homes clean, why cannot we keep our cities clean?
Because we are not segregating our waste and everything is getting dumped together in a landfill, it results in wasting our valuable resource (compost) and makes the recyclable material less recoverable. So go there and compost!
Sampoorn Home Composter is a very easy method which will not take too much of your time each day. Put any food waste after every meal right into this bin, just like you would throw in your regular dustbin.
All the wet and organic waste, all the kitchen waste such as food leftovers, coffee/tea residue, vegetable/fruit peels (even watermelon shell if cut into small pieces – smaller the pieces; faster the decomposition). Even dry leaves, flowers, grass, plain paper/ tissues etc. can be put in here. Dry leaves are extremely helping in the composting process.
And remember smaller the pieces of food waste, faster would be the decomposition.
Anything which is not organic; so plastic is a no-no. Also, anything hard should not be put like – bones, coconut shell, mango seeds etc.
Absolutely! However, it is recommended to avoid it for the first 10 days of composting; after which you can go ahead and put it with your other organic waste.
Not at all, it will only produce odour similar to when the ground becomes wet after the rains.
- The composter has got rain water in it or lot of moisture, you can put more of browns like dry leaves, sawdust etc. to avoid moisture.
- Accelerator is not sprinkled properly over every layer of kitchen waste.
- It is not turned and shaken properly; not transmitting enough air to the compost.
- Very stale food is thrown in the compost (food stale for more than 1-2 days). Therefore, ensure the above conditions don’t occur, and you keep the compost bin at a place where there’s just a little bit of sunlight and shade.
- Big chunks of food/organic waste is dumped, so ensure everything is shredded/cut to as small pieces as possible.
No gases of any sort are emitted as there is aerobic digestion during the whole process, i.e. continuous air intake and air outlet. Lot of heat is produced but that’s just an indication that the process is going all right.
On most occasions, there is no need. Our kitchen waste has enough water content. But during summers, if you feel the kitchen waste in the composter is too dry you can sprinkle little water.
A. Not really, however even if you see maggots or ants around, apply a dash of lemongrass oil over the bin. You can also put more of browns like dry leaves, sawdust etc.
No electricity is required.
Yes. The compost can be used directly in garden or plants along with the soil. Just a small amount once in a fortnight is enough.
An average household in India produces 600 grams of waste each day. Out of which about 60% is wet/organic waste. Now just multiply the city’s and the country’s population, and you will understand the situation. If 60% of organic waste is composted in every household, it shall make a huge difference.
Yes, it does. As more and more people get into composting, less amount of organic waste goes to the landfill, which reduces emissions of methane - a powerful greenhouse gas. As piles of garbage is dumped in the landfill every day, oxygen does not reach every corner of the landfill because of which methane gas is emitted. Methane is 21 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide (CO2).
Yes, decomposition happens faster in warm weather. Weather in most parts of the country is ideal for composting. We just need to be more careful during rainy season.
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Sampoorn Home Composter makes composting easy for people who live on other floors as well.
We can add 10 times more water to it and use it as liquid fertilizer for our plants. Or the concentrated liquid can be used to unclog your drain pipes.
Some percentage of plastic is used in almost all our household products. For example, refrigerators, televisions, smartphones, cars, air conditioners etc. But we use these products for many years. Sampoorn Home Composters are made of good quality of plastic which has high longevity.
No, but certainly some load on the landfills will be reduced.