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How To Easily Recycle At Home – Learn To Manage Your Waste

Recycling at home is not as daunting or labour intensive as you might think and once you get the hang of it, it is basically effortless.

2018 was the year for me to get more eco-friendly conscious. I didn’t exactly make it a resolution, just more of an intention and I am proud to say that the year ended off with me having achieved a great deal in that instance.

At first, I wasn’t quite sure where to start at home and so I decided to make a more conscious effort in buying right. Avoiding plastic wherever possible such as taking my own shopping bags instead of buying, investing in metal straws instead of using plastic ones and from there it blossomed.

Soon I started keeping all the recyclables I could and handing them to the guys that dig through the bins on bin day. This was the biggest eye opener as I could see all the plastic we use piling up around my microwave. The horror of knowing that for the last 27 years, my plastic was mostly ending up in the landfill, is what spurs me on to continue putting every recyclable plastic item, tins and glasses on my counter instead of my bin.

Can you believe that on a weekly basis, I am able to give the recycling guys a full black bag of recyclables, sometimes more? Everything that cannot be recycled ends up in an Eco-Brick. You can read more about how to make an Eco-Brick here.

I then thought, why stop there? And bought a Bokashi composting bin from Faithful to Nature so that my household food waste could also have a purpose. Since I bought it, our home lives have changed. The only thing we throw into our bins now is paper. This means I have not emptied my bin in a week as we are pretty much paperless at home. It isn’t even half full yet so I am guessing I can keep it going for at least another week.

In the last week, I have filled my Bokashi Composter halfway so I will need to buy a second one to have a rotation between two as once one is full, you cannot open it for two weeks so we will need a second one when the other is sealed off.

Did you know that food waste in landfill is actually pretty bad for the environment? It emits CO2e gases, pollutes water, attracts vermin and is a breeding ground for flies? Plus the smell is horrific.

By composting you enrich the soil and boost the life of plants in your garden. The Bokashi composter is versatile and can work through cooked or uncooked veggies, fruit, onions, citrus, meat, fish, chicken, dairy and small bones.

However, you do need to avoid adding liquids, oil, large bones and rotten food. These items will compromise your compost.

This is how to use your Bokashi

  • Assemble it as instructed
  • Keep all your food waste from the day in a container as ideally, you only want to open your Bokashi once a day.
  • Place your Bokashi in a cool place away from sunlight
  • Try to make your food waste as small as possible. I chop mine up so the layers are evener.
  • Make sure to buy Earth Bokashi to sprinkle over the food waste as this will eliminate odours.

When you start, sprinkle your Earth Bokashi on the grate then add your first layer of food waste. Sprinkle the second layer of Earth Bokashi on the food. Flatten the contents as much as possible and seal for the day. Keep going until your unit is full and then leave it to sit for two weeks unopened.

The unit comes with a tap at the base which allows you to drain out the “compost tea” which can be diluted 300:1 and used to feed your plants.

Once the two-week process is over, you place the compost mix onto your compost heap and wait for it to turn black, smell earthy and look like regular compost.

Here are some valuable tips to cut back on plastic waste and how to change your home into a more eco-friendly one as I have.

  • Find an open space in your home to keep aside all recyclables.
  • Rinse any food residue out of the recyclable to avoid them starting to smell while you store them.
  • On bin day, fill a bag up with them and hand them over to the recycling guys that dig through your trash or leave the bag on top of the bin so they can easily find it.
  • Invest in reusable bags for shopping
  • Invest in metal, bamboo or glass straws
  • Invest in reusable coffee travel mugs and water bottles
  • Start ecobrinking your unrecyclables (see here for details on building an Ecobrick)

I hope this inspires you and your household to do more for the environment.

With My Love,

Tyler

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