What to do with your food scraps if you don't have a compost bin

WASTE NOT WANT NOT: Composting your food scraps is the most eco-friendly way of disposing of them. Photo: Shutterstock
WASTE NOT WANT NOT: Composting your food scraps is the most eco-friendly way of disposing of them. Photo: Shutterstock

Are you conscious about the amount of plastic you use at home? Do you want to start a compost bin but don't own one and don't know where to start?

Well you're in luck, Australian home-compostable shipping packaging business Hero Packaging can help with the following tips.

1. Ask a friend or family member.

Nothing builds community more than shared values - ask your close friends and family members, especially those nearby, if they have a compost bin you can borrow.

Perhaps consider going in on one together - more composting and more time spent together is never a bad thing.

2. Check with your council.

Some councils now offer industrial composting, which uses controlled conditions to rapidly biodegrade organic material. Other councils provide bins where green waste can be industrially composted, while others are strictly for garden waste.

Give your council a call to check what their facilities are. They may tell you it's as easy as putting it into your garden waste bin. If not, they may have other options available.

Each council is different, so we recommend giving them a quick call to see what they provide.

3. Use an online composter finder such as sharewaste.com or BioCycle.

There are now several sites such as these (type 'online composter Australia' into your search engine) which are basically the 'uber' of composting.

You can keep a big composting tub and when it's full, drop it off to someone who wants your scraps - one man's trash is another's treasure and this puts your scraps to good use, rather than to landfill.

4. Join a community garden.

Community gardens exist in almost every town and city. Nearly every community garden also has its own compost heap, so you can either join your local community garden or ask if they mind you donating your compost scraps.

You might find they love it because it means more compost for their members. Joining a community garden is a lovely way to connect with like minded eco folk as well, not to mention the swapping produce component.

5. Ask your local childcare or school.

This is a great option, especially if you have younger kids. Many schools or childcare facilities now have their own composting and it's always worth asking if they mind if you add your scraps, especially if they're using the compost on their gardens - the more the merrier!

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