Kevin from FriendlyPak talks about the benefits of composting.
Summer is almost upon us, we are planting and tending to our gardens and organising our compost systems at home. It’s wonderful that today, if we chose we are able to compost so much more of our household waste because of the many compostable and biodegradable products now available. There are compostable fresh food and frozen food storage bags, cling films, bowls, plates, cups, straws, serviettes, cutlery and many more items that years ago were just not available. Wouldn’t it feel fantastic to compost all your Christmas dinner plates and cutlery, reducing the amount of rubbish you send to landfill.
Some of the practices we grew up with, such as disposing of our kitchen refuse with the weekly waste landfill collection – is harmful to our environment. Society is now realising what happens in landfills and the true value of the organic materials we have traditionally thrown away and wasted. Composting is a brilliant concept for many reasons:
Composting prevents landfill methane gas generation
Composting prevents the build-up of toxic liquid leachate in landfills.
Compost improved soil quality and structure.
Composting supports conservation of water.
Compost Increases biodiversity.
Compost removes the need for artificial chemical fertilisers
Composting increases plant growth and yields
Composting supports improved health and vitality throughout the whole food chain and ecosystems.
Naturally sterilised compost can be used as a mulch so chemical weed killers are not required.
It’s about looking after nature – then the soil, plants, animals and the ecosystem will look after themselves.
Landfills that contain organics are unstable; the covering ground cannot be built on so they are not useful when full. With the diversion of compostables , the life of a landfill, or the need for a new one, can be extended by decades.
The organics waste stream is best used if turned into valuable compost, as organics are one of the worst components that can be put into a landfill. This is because organics are made up of mostly water, which when released filters through the landfill trash collecting heavy metals, chemicals, poisons, carcinogens and other pollutants. Modern Landfills are lined with a membrane but it is often only a matter of time before that will rupture or leak. A landfill containing organics is a long-term pollution time bomb, a liability for generations. The accumulated cocktail of toxic leachate may well end up leaking into our water systems and soils.
An easy way to keep organics out of landfill is to separate your organic waste using the MaxAir Ventilated Kitchen Kaddie food scrap bin. It is the world’s leading user-friendly system for collecting food scraps and separating organic waste otherwise sent to land fill. The MaxAir system has overcome the ‘yuck’ factor because it consists of a small-ventilated bin with a unique BioBag liner made from starch based material designed to ‘breathe’, so the contents decompose aerobically. This Minimizes odour moulds and flies while still being an effective barrier against bacteria and viruses. Bin ventilation also allows moisture to evaporate through the bag wall dehydrating the contents by around 20% for the average family. With water content reduced, the waste is better conditioned for handling and composting. The MaxAir bin is hygienic, easy to keep clean without the excessive use of detergents or water as with regular bins. Once filled the BioBag liner and its contents can be placed in the compost or a green waste collection system or just buried in your garden.
Bio Bags are certified compostable for home and commercial composts, GE (GMO) free, they may be used in organic farm production, for food contact and are safe for animal feed like worm or pig farms, even sea creatures can digest BioBag’s.
All the very best composting wishes for the New Year, Regards Kevin