Kitchen Komposter (c)
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CTA. 1993. Kitchen Komposter (c). Spore 46. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Kitchen Komposter (c) Careful investigation has shown that when garbage is divided into different categories such as plastic, paper, metals, etc., food waste accounts for about 8% of the refuse. This food waste is all decomposable and rather than...
Careful investigation has shown that when garbage is divided into different categories such as plastic, paper, metals, etc., food waste accounts for about 8% of the refuse. This food waste is all decomposable and rather than send it away to dumps, can be put to valuable use as organic compost for yards and gardens. The idea below shows how the KITCHEN KOMPOSTER, which is made almost entirely of recycled materials, will produce a fine, clean, non-toxic compost. The entire process is natural and uses bacteria, millipedes, worms, wood lice and other invertebrates to break down the refuse thrown into the bin. How to use the KITCHEN KOMPOSTER: 1. Place the KOMPOSTER on a flat smooth surface such as concrete or a metal sheet. Be sure the bin is level. 2. Put large breadfruit leaves or other large leaves in the bottom of the bin to cover the holes. 3. Add millipedes, worms and wood lice from a sack of prestarted compost. Spread the mixture evenly on the leaves making sure the insects have an adequate depth of 'soil` to burrow into. 4. Add kitchen refuse into the bin whenever you need to dispose of scraps. Anything that is organic will decompose in the KOMPOSTER. 5. From time to time, add some garden refuse to the bin to help balance the moisture content in the bin. Be careful not to overheat the KOMPOSTER by adding a large amount of very fresh grass clippings. They will generate a high degree of heat if too much is added at the same time. 6. If you find any millipedes worms or wood lice while working in your garden or yard, add these to the KOMPOSTER, they will help speed up the composting process. For further information on this idea: Colin Hudson Carib Agro-lodustries Ltd Research Centre Edgehill St Thomas BARBADOS