Category Ways with Waste

Ways With Waste: Travel Composting

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Just because you’re enjoying a well-earned break, it doesn’t mean you need to stop your good composting habits.

Now borders are open, a road trip across Australia is once again an option. It’s sometimes all too easy to leave our good recycling habits at home when we hit the road.

Of all waste types, food is both the easiest and the most challenging to recycle. Easy in that all it wants to do is decompose and it will do it over time whether we want it to or not. But the biggest challenge when you’re on the road is finding somewhere to empty your bucket of scraps.

Keep, Meet, Greet

Because of the increased awareness over the last decade, composting while on the road is actually pretty easy. All around Australia there are community gardens and gardeners who are willing to accept the scraps you’ve been collecting. Keeping your food scraps out of landfill while on the road can actually be part of the adventure, taking you to gardens and connecting you to people you may not have otherwise met.

Ways With Waste – Weed Tea

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Pulling weeds out of your garden is one thing, but disposing of them once out of the soil in a way that ensures they don’t reshoot can sometimes be a struggle. Turning them into a weed tea gets rid of them for good while producing an inexpensive and nutritious fertiliser for your garden.

Composting your weeds is a great option, but the time taken between pulling them out of the ground and turning them into something you can return to feed the garden in the form of compost can take months. Fermenting them in water over a few weeks, however, is a fast and effective way to not only dispose of them, but to turn them into food for your garden.

Coffee Grounds

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Using spent coffee grounds is one more way for us to turn so-called waste into a useful and valuable resource around the home.

An average cafe collects around 320 kilograms of coffee grounds each month and if it gets put into landfill, where it breaks down anaerobically, it converts to harmful greenhouse gases.

In The Garden

Spent coffee grounds contain a whole range of useful things for gardeners, like nitrogen, potassium, calcium and trace minerals. While coffee grounds can be sprinkled sparingly – no more than one handful per square metre – straight onto the garden, they can be acidic, so you’re better off adding them to your compost or your worm farm to break down and neutralise the acid. If you do opt to use them directly on your garden, aim to use them around acid-loving plants like blueberries, and steer clear of any seedlings, where research has shown it can stunt young plants’ growth, and a light application is key. If you’re unsure, observe any impacts it has on your beds by performing a soil test.