Just like a banana peel goes black over time, all organic matter decomposes under the right conditions. Decomposition is a natural process, it is natures way of recycling and is not man made.
Bacteria, fungi, worms, beetles, mites, ants, lizards and more are all present and help decomposition. Time to make new friends!
Water in the organic matter is released during decomposition. This water is called leachate. This release shrinks the volume of organic matter by at least 70%
Decomposition of organic matter creates compost. It is dark & crumbly, smells like earth
and is food for plants. We have forgotten the importance of compost in our daily lives.
You can create organic compost at home from your kitchen waste - it is satisfying &
addictive! The image above shows mature, sieved compost.
The three main methods of decomposition have many variations, each with it's pros and cons. Daily Dump uses the aerobic composting method.
In the presence of oxygen
In sealed spaces
Speeded up by earthworms
1. You don't need a PhD to do this -it's simple!
2. You have the raw materials
3. Reduce the strain on the public system
4. Organic waste does not need to travel
5. Mixing organic with other waste is bad for the earth
6. Responsibility + awareness + simple logic = compost at home
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Traditional pit composting cannot fit in the city. Have you seen flats or homes designed with space for waste generation and composting?
1. What is composting?
Composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that enriches soil. It is a process of recycling your kitchen and garden wastes, and is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal.
Composting is not a new idea. In the natural world, composting is what happens as leaves pile up on the forest floor and begin to decay. Eventually, nutrients from the rotting leaves are reclaimed by living roots. This completes nature’s recycling process.
2. How old is the composting practice?
It is as old as man. Some cultures practiced it more than others. In recent times its advantages have made it an important part of agricultural practice world wide. It is gaining recognition as a safe method to regenerate the earth.
3. Is composting recycling?
Yes, because compost is nature's way of recycling nutrients.
4. What do I need in order to do composting?
In broad terms, there are two major kinds of food that composting microbes need:
'Browns' are dry and dead plant materials such as straw, dry brown weeds, leaves and twigs. These materials are primarily composed of chemicals that are long chains of sugar molecules linked together. Browns are a source of carbon and energy for compost microbes.
'Greens' are fresh plant materials such as green leaves and garden clippings, kitchen, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, etc. Compared to browns, greens contain more nitrogen which is a critical element in amino acids and proteins. So greens can be thought of as a protein source for the billions of multiplying microbes.
Browns, tend to be bulky and promote good aeration. Greens, on the other hand, are typically high in moisture, and balance out the dry nature of the browns. A good mix of browns and greens forms the best nutritional balance for microbes. This mix also helps maintain aeration and moisture levels in the pile.
The above explanation is a simplified way of understanding compost - for a more detailed scientific explanation see this site - according to us, it explains compost very well - http://www.composterconnection.com/site/science.html
5. Does the weather affect the composting process?
Yes, compost happens faster in warm weather. Our Indian weather is ideal for composting in most parts of the country. We just have to make sure that the moisture is right in places where it gets too hot and dry
6. Does composting reduce global warming?
Composting helps prevent global warming by reducing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas which gets produced when organic waste decomposes when buried in landfill sites.
Read a paper here that shows how composting reduces green house gases