Any establishment that creates the organic waste has a responsibility to decompose that waste into compost and not allow it to go into the landfill where it is environment unfriendly and also creates methane gas.
Organic waste includes branches, dead leaves, lawn clippings, animal or poultry manure, vegetable and fruit peels, crushed egg shells, newspaper, cardboard boxes. Assemble it into a container, preferably an Upcycled Compost Bag (cost R80) of not less than .92cm that can be closed and is not smelly or unsightly.
Shred all waste and then make layers, alternating between carbon ( woody, brown or paper waste, dead leaves, and nitrogenous green ( lawn clippings, vegetable peelings, weeds ) add manure between layers if available.
Water layers so the pile is damp. After 2 weeks during which time the compost should become hot, turn over and mix the layers and reassemble into the bag again.
Once the bag is full (which will take approximately 2 months, empty it into a hole 1 square m in the garden or lawn. This compost will be ready to use in as little as 6 weeks to 6 months depending on climatic conditions and materials used.
It is ready when it has a pleasant earthy smell and the individual components are no longer recognisable. Worms are a good sign that the compost is mature.
Re-use the Upcycled Compost Bag for the next batch of compost to be made.
It is estimated that the value of this compost is about R100. Use it or sell it the community.
Flats, apartments, townhouses, small businesses need a plan to capitalise on composting materials
There are many Upcycle Organisations like upcycle.co.za who have found innovative and practical solutions for making upcycled products which we have found to me most useful in the process ofr recycling waste.
Trevor Webster of Doorway to Dignity, an NPO working with homeless and destitute people, handed Kensingtong B Randburg 16 trolleys to be handed out to our trolley-preneurs. We now recognise them with dignity by their names, presented them with a new trolleys designed to give them a safer, more robust and capable of transporting larger loads. They accepted the reflective Conti suit with a smile and immediately got the feeling of being recognised as part of our community.