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Kitchen composters help recycle your food scraps

March 30th, 2012

From Green Right Now Reports

Want to put your kitchens scraps to work? You’ll need to start with a kitchen composter or compost bucket.

We’ve found many petite compost crocks or pails that hold a modest amount of egg shells, peelings and coffee grounds — and they’re soon overflowing. The gallon-sized compost pail below will carry you for longer. It’s made of a decor-friendly and odor-containing stainless steel. It comes with a charcoal filter, a must for controlling odors. But you may be surprised, indoor composting can be surprisingly hygienic and unnoticeable.

Stainless Steel Compost Pail

Here’s the full description from Amazon:

This Stainless Steel Compost Pail is a great way to collect kitchen scraps like fruit and vegetable peels and rinds, coffee grounds, eggshells, tea bags, etc. instead of throwing them in the trash. By using a compost pail, you can make fewer trips out to the compost bin or pile, and this stainless steel pail looks great on any countertop. With a sturdy handle, it’s easy to carry. It holds up to 1-gallon of material, which means you can fill it for several days before it needs to be emptied. Because it’s dishwasher safe, it’s simple to keep clean between uses. Included with the compost pail is a set of dual charcoal filters to keep any potential odors from escaping. These filters last from 3 to 6 months and are easy and inexpensive to replace. Using a compost pail, especially a stylish one like the stainless steel model, makes it easy to keep up with adding new material to the compost bin or pile.

If you’d like to institute a more serious composting operation in kitchen central, check out this All Seasons Indoor Composter kit also from Amazon. (Picture below, left.)

Indoor compost system

This 5-gallon system, which comes with a bag of “Bokashi” accelerator, promises to recycle kitchen scraps into an organic compost soil conditioner through anaerobic (without oxygen) fermentation, cutting in half the time it takes to transform food scraps into a soil conditioner. It also includes a spigot to extract compost “tea” for fertilizing gardens. As described on Amazon:

“The All Seasons Indoor Composter includes two unique features, the strainer and spigot, allowing the moisture released by the scraps of food waste to be drained out to prevent spoilage. This liquid can be used as a fertilizer for household plants (1:100 dilutions) or to clean your kitchen and bathroom drains (undiluted).

“The All Seasons Indoor Composter kit can be easily implemented in an indoor environment making it useful for apartment, school, household, restaurant, business or wilderness use. Each composting kit comes with complete instructions. The All Seasons Indoor Composter used in conjunction with All Seasons Bokashi, provides the ideal conditions to activate anaerobic fermentation that accelerates the composting process, while eliminating odors and deterring flies.”

We say, when possible, deter flies!

This system approach costs a little more ($54), but the compost tea can be a valuable fertilizer for house plants and outdoor gardens, essentially helping you recoup some of the expense.


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