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Food & plant waste recycling

There are several ways to deal with organic waste

20L Bokashi bucket and 1Kg bokashi bran

Bokashi is really the new kind of rubbish bin responsible people around the world are adding to the plastic and paper recycling bins already in their homes. The system handles almost anything, only rotten food and old oil should be left out. Recycling food waste with bokashi is simple, easy and does a brilliant job of turning any and all organic material into liquid fertiliser diluted one in three hundred with water (or used neat as a drain cleaner) and a solid remnant easily digestible by compost heaps or worm farms The liquid fertiliser the process produces brings soil to life and boosts plant growth in an astonishing way.No plastic, glass, metal, oil or paper can be added to the system.

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Worm farms are an ideal way to create extremely high value soil imputs on as little space as a balcony, or in your garage, any space available on a smallholding or agricultural business space like farmland or wasted land can be used for vermiculture – worm production. Worm farms process many kinds of food waste (fruits and vegetables but not plastic, glass, metal, oil, onion, citrus, meat or dairy. The worm castings and a fluid commonly known as 'worm tea' are easy to use soil inputs that radically enhance soil life and productivity. Vermicast (worm castings) can be placed in planting holes as a fertiliser, and also dissolved for watering as a liquid fertiliser. Bokashi bins (which are able to handle all the other tyes of food waste, those your earth worm farm are not able to) can be fed to earth worm farms, even though the bokashi material may comprise those foodstuffs not initially digestible by the worm farm system.

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Compost requires at least a few square metres of space in order to process meaningful amounts of organic material. Composting garden waste and selected food waste items into a soil additive with which to build soil structure and improve soil life is a basic component of successful agriculture, large or small. Farm or garden. Compost is effectively a slow release fertiliser, soil augmentation or mulch (acting as a temperature and moisture loss barrier while it breaks down and feeds the soil organisms from the surface). Compost can be added to planting holes to improve the water retention and texture

No plastic, glass, metal, oil, onion, citrus, meat or dairy and cooked food can be added to a compost heap if the process is to be one hundred percent successful and safe.

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Biogas units are able to process almost any waste, from oils and rotten foodstuffs to effluent and sewage. Producing natural gas for electricity generation, heating and even transportation, bio gas units are an important part of the future of energy production. The by products of these processes are useful in agriculture and some other specialised applications like ethanol production. Transporting and applying the liquid fertiliser by product is only feasible in spray tankers at present.

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