Know key points for composting
THE Centre for Organic Research and Education (CORE) launched the 9th edition of International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) to be held across Australia from May 5 to 11.
ICAW encourages people to start composting - and making use of compost.
Momentum is starting to build as more and more people get involved online and by publishing events on the website – for free - from March onwards.
Activities in your area can be promoted or found on www.compostweek.com.au.
Compost produced by the recycled organics industry is already providing Australian landscape, horticulture and agricultural industries with affordable solutions to improve productivity and environmental outcomes.
The key points to know about composting:
By turning food scraps and organic garden waste into compost you can:
improve soil quality and garden vitality by releasing the rich nutrients in the compost into your soil;
recycle valuable nutrients and reduce the use of artificial fertilisers;
prevent greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill; and
save money. What to add to your home composting bin:
Include things such as vegetable and fruit scraps, vegetable oil, prunings and lawn clippings, tea bags and coffee grounds, vacuum dust, hairs, shredded paper and cardboard, used potting mix, egg shells and flowers.
What not to add to your home composting bin:
Meat and bones, dairy products, diseased plants, metals, plastic and glass, animal manures, fat, magazines, large branches, weeds that have seeds or underground stems, bread or cake, sawdust from treated timber.