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Composting

Worm farms

Worm farms don’t require much maintenance. However, you do need to feed them the right diet and keep them cool in extreme heat. Worm farms can be kept inside, in courtyards or outside.

Compost bins

For a good compost, kitchen waste should be mixed with twice as much dry material such as leaves or newspaper. The amount of maintenance required depends on the type of bin you get.

Bokashi bins

A Bokashi bin is a small bin where food scraps are broken down by micro-organisms. These bins can be excellent for apartments. Starter microbes needs to be added on an ongoing basis.

What can go into your compost system

 

Material

Worm farm

Compost bin

Bokashibin

Bones

 

 

Yes

Bread

 

Yes

Yes

Cardboard, shredded newspaper

Yes

Yes

 

Citrus, onions, leeks, spring onions

 

Yes

Yes

Coffee grounds

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dairy

 

 

Yes

Leaves, branches, prunings, flowers

Yes

Yes

 

Eggshells

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fruit (except citrus)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hair

Yes

Yes

 

Meat scraps

 

 

Yes

Tea bags

Yes

Yes

Yes

Vacuum dust

Yes

Yes

 

Vegetable peelings and scraps

Yes

Yes

Yes

Weeds

Yes

 

 

 

Further information

For expert help in setting up your compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin, go to Compost bins, worm farms, and Bokashi bins.