The zero waste family uses a trash can for their compost. Does anyone know exactly how to start this process? I mean like a "composting for Dummies" kind of thing. I want step-by-step exactly what to do. I've read about so many different ways and barrels and bins, and turning and heating etc. etc. Any help?
I'd agree. I was thinking about turning our trash can into our compost can until I looked into it. Now there are compost teas and trays and certain receptacles for fruit and veggies and meat. TMI!! haha
I would rather find a simple way to start than to get overwhelmed. And going out to buy anything is not something I can really do. When I was a kid grandma had a pit... things have come a ways.
I live in an upper apartment with a deck. I had been wanting to get my own compost bin, but didn't really want to put out the money. They are not cheap. I did, however, keep a bowl in the kitchen to 'catch' anything that was able to go in the county supplied compost bin. But then while hitting the garage sale-ing I found a never used stackable compost bin (just like the ones at the county fair for over $100) being sold for only $2! I couldn't believe it. I was so excited.
So....long story short - watch garage sales. You would be surprised what you find.
We started initially in our garden - I made a 3 ft x 3 ft square with some old reused deer wire and a couple stakes on one side and our fence on the other side. At first I added just yard waste (leaves and small branches) - but then eventually started to add some kitchen scraps (raw veggie peelings, cores, etc. - no cooked veggies or items that could attract rodents). Pretty basic, basically free and easy - and we learned along the way (don't throw in pulled weeds, etc.). Now we have some nice soil. Alas, we have city compost now - so we can collect and throw all our food scraps in...
I actually saw the book "Composting for Dummies" at the bookstore the other day, and it's a nice, straightforward guide to help one get started with composting.
What helped me learn more about composting was contacting my town/county's recycling department and asking what type of composting equipment they recommended. I ended up getting an Earth Machine container (for aerobic composting) because my town offered them at a discounted price and the recycling coordinator was willing to walk me through the steps of installing the bin and starting the compost heap. As a newbie, I learned that composting sounded a lot more complicated than it ultimately turned out to be.