Recent research shows that food waste and yard trimmings account for nearly one-third of garbage that is dumped in landfills or scorched in the US. Easy composting at home can divert nearly 330 pounds of food waste from landfills and help us in bringing global warming levels down.
Most people are under the impression that composting cannot be executed in a small space. However, this is far from the truth.
Nowadays, simple composting kits are available in the market that helps you to process waste even from an apartment. Listed below are the top three kits for at-home composting.
Epica Stainless Steel Compost Bin
If you are a beginner at composting, you might want to look at countertop compost bins. One thing about countertop bins is that they don’t break food down but just store the food till you can empty it out in an outdoor composting pit or to the local composting program.
The Epica stainless steel bin is arguably the best apartment compost bin because of its compact size and odor-suppressant feature.
The design of this bin is very modern and sleek with no joints or welds in the structure, making chances of rusting or breakage minimal.
The bin uses an airtight lid with a charcoal filter system. The filter is activated via the aeration holes present on the lid and helps lock the odor within the bin for several days at a go.
The storage capacity of the bin is 1 gallon.
Epica stainless steel compost bin is easy to clean. One can give it a quick rinse after emptying it. For thorough cleaning one can simply put it in the dishwasher since it is dishwasher safe.
This simple composting bin is priced at $26 (as of January 2023).
Lomi Countertop Composter
Lomi electric kitchen composter is known to facilitate easy composting at home. This compact apartment compost bin takes a couple of days to fill up and turns food waste into compost dirt with a simple click of a button.
The design is elegant and doesn’t overcrowd your shelf. The two filters installed in the appliance, keep the odor and pests away.
Lomi countertop composter has 3 modes. The first mode takes 3-4 hours to convert food waste into soil. The second mode allows you to add bioplastics and other compostable waste on top of the food waste, this setting however takes 5-8 hours. The soil that you get in both these modes is supposed to the emptied in green trash.
The third mode, called the “grow mode”, converts waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer within a matter of 16-20 hours.
The simple composting process of this bin makes it a very attractive option. However, it lies on the expensive side of the spectrum. It costs $526 as of January 2023.
SCD Probiotics All Seasons Indoor Composter
To start indoor composting with this apartment composting bin one needs to place the composter bucket in a warm or normal-temperature space. An ideal placement would be under the sink.
This is an anaerobic method in which the composter bucket is tightly closed and a fermenter is used to accelerate the composting process.
You start by layering the base of the bucket with the bokashi liquid and then start putting food waste into the bucket. After every food scrape layer, spray the liquid bokashi starter into the bucket and coat the entire layer.
Make sure to keep the lid tightly shut since oxygen can lead to a smell.
You need to extract the nutrient juice from the bucket after 1-3 days. Use this to water your plants.
After the waste decomposes you need to allow it to ferment in the garden for at least two weeks.
This product costs about $58.95 (as of January 2023).
Indoor worm composting can also be used as a method to fertilize waste. VermiHut Plus 5-Tray Worm Compost Bin and Worm Factory 360 Composting System are good products to practice vermicompost.
Anyone can practice easy composting at home and contribute their bit to sustainably manage food waste. In today’s market, multiple simple composting methods are available at a wide range of prices.
People living in small spaces can purchase apartment composting products and begin their eco-friendly journey.
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