Student ambassador of the Zero Waste Committee, Grace Fuori '23, is helping to inform our community on how to make a compost bin and how crucial it is to recycle and reduce waste. It only takes six easy steps to build one from scratch, and not only does composting reduce landfills and trash but it puts nutrients back into your own garden.
The first step to making a compost bin is gathering brown biodegradables that will form the base of the compost. This includes soil, twigs, dead leaves, wood chips and even shredded paper.
The next step is adding a good amount of water to start, and making sure to add water regularly is very important for the breakdown of green and brown organic contents.
Next, adding green biodegradables such as leaves and grass will add to the breakdown of food and increase nitrogen production.
Once the green and brown biodegradables are in as well as the water, giving the soil a quick toss is a good idea to mix everything around.
Lastly, add the organic contents whereas in this case we added banana peels, orange peels and eggshells. When adding your organic contents make sure to keep out things like dairy, oils, pet waste and fatty meats and stick to veggie scraps, fruit peels and coffee grounds.
After everything is added, choosing a nice and shady spot near a water source is very important. You can use a plastic compost bin or even better build one from leftover wood or cardboard to put the heap of biodegradable waste in.
Here's the final result! You can add to your compost bin every day and make sure to turn and mix it around to encourage the breakdown of organic materials and reduce smell. When the compost is broken down it will be free of any waste or food and will be ready to use in the garden!
All photos by Emily Goldstein '23