We’ve started a ‘mini-cohousing’ experiment here where I live. Four households (five, if you include my friend Bill who doesn’t live in the neighborhood but often teams up with us) have joined forces to share more, buy less, and to help one another.
At our initial meeting David & Katja said they have a compost bin behind their garage and that we are all welcome to use it. I composted all last summer, when my friend Bill had his community-based garden (his town has a plot of land where people who don’t have space to garden where they live can have gardens). It has really tugged at my conscience to just throw food scraps out since fall. So I was very excited at David & Katja’s offer.
I’ve seen some fancy composting containers for sale, and if I had a household of more than one person it might make sense for me to get ‘more stuff’ and spend the $20 to get one. But it’s just me here and Bill came up with a very simple system last summer. I use 2 different 1-gallon Ziploc bags.
First, I fill bag 1 – putting in my fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds (and I believe I can put eggshells in but I want to make sure David & Katja are okay with that in their compost). I eat a fair amount of fruits and veggies so I can often fill a gallon bag in 4 days or so. Put stuff in bag, zip it up, put it in the fridge so it doesn’t smell. Continue til done.
Once the bag is full I get it to the composter – in the summer that means Bill takes the bag and dumps it directly into his garden, now I walk across the street to David & Katja’s composter and just dump it in.
Then I wash bag #1 and while it is drying (my drying rack is to put it over the top of one of my 2 metal water bottles, near the garden window and let the sun dry it), I use bag #2 as above.
Simple. Easy. Cheap. 5 household, 1 composter. I don’t know how much David & Katja paid for their nice composter, but this site has a variety of options in case you, too, want to start composting.
How about you? Do you compost? If so, tell us about it! If not, tell us why. Is this something your neighborhood or farmily could do? Join the conversation – I really want to know!