Outdoor Bag Composting

This method needs to be done outdoors.

This method is very easy. Just get an empty, clean plastic or burlap gunny bag like a 50 kilo (or 100 lb) rice bag or grain bag. The bag must be made of woven plastic so some air can come in and out. Do not use solid plastic bags. Solid plastic bags have no drainage and water must be able to drain out.

Put your daily food waste into the bag and mix it with some carbon materials (brown leaves, shredded paper, sawdust, wood chips, shredded cardboard, etc). Remember to use about 2 or 3 times as much carbon materials as food waste. If your food waste is very wet, add some extra dry carbon materials to soak up the water. Every day just add more food waste and carbon materials and mix it with a stick. Mixing it will help it compost faster.

Never put any plastic, metal, glass or chemicals in the bag.

When the bag fills up, just let it stay outside and decompose. If it gets rained on, that's no problem. The excess water will drain out of the bag. Stir it with a stick once in a while to help mix air back in. Air will also come in through the mesh of the bag. When the bag is filled, you can plant some squash or pumpkin seeds or other vegetables right on top and they should grow beautifully

During the dry season or if you live in a dry climate, add some water as needed. Its good to keep some dry leaves on top to block the smell of the food waste so animals will not be interested. Keep the bag in a place where dogs can't get into it.

When the first bag gets filled, then just start a 2nd bag and let the first bag finish composting. If you have a lot of food waste, just use additional bags as needed.  The composting process is complete when the leaves and food waste have fully decomposed and it smells like rich soil. The compost can then be added to your garden or put around a tree or used in potting soil mix.

Remember to always separate your food waste from all other waste. That will make it much easier to recycle your other waste like plastic, metal, paper and glass.

Also show your friends and neighbors how easy it is to compost their own food waste. And tell them how composting is very beneficial for Mother Earth.

Along with composting your food waste, you can also easily compost all your garden waste like leaves, sticks, grass, palm branches and coconut shells. Just pile them in a corner of your yard and let nature slowly convert them to compost (don't put any plastic in your compost pile). Remember to never burn your garden waste or trash. Burning plastic is very toxic and poisons the local environment.



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