WHY RECYCLE YOUR FOOD WASTE?
When wet-waste is separated from other waste, dry recyclable volumes increase by over 30%. Through this simple action, not only are you turning food-waste into a resource you are also reducing the volume of other material going to landfill.
- Reduce landfill loads.
- Reduce CO2e greenhouse gas emissions.
- Build soil health.
- Enhance plant growth in gardening and agricultural use.
- Eliminate malodour in kitchens and the environment.
- Help control fly, roach and rodent infestations.
WHAT IS BOKASHI?
Bokashi is a carrier inoculated with a mix of probiotic bacteria, yeast, and fungi.
Developed in the 1980s in Japan bokashi is now globally used for the management of food waste. There are many recipes for bokashi – just google “how to make bokashi” – but in general you need a carrier (bran), molasses, water and the mix of EM (effective micro-organisms).
Bokashi is safe, natural and 100% biodegradable. Bokashi breaks down food waste through a fermentation process.
The fermentation of food waste is crucial to the process.
Not only does this stop rotting (and thus smells) it also pre-digests the food waste so that it can be quickly and easily composted or trenched. As the food waste does not rot no CO2 emissions are released.
The fermentation process also releases amino acids thus enabling faster uptake of nutrients by plants.
HOW TO USE YOUR BOKASHI FOOD WASTE RECYCLING BIN?
The bokashi food waste recycling system is very easy to use. We are often asked questions about the process. The following are important:
All food waste including cooked and uncooked meat, dairy, seafood, and onions can be composted using the bokashi system.
Yes, this includes tea bags and egg-shells.
The system doesn’t have a bad smell. More akin to a brewing smell but nothing really to turn your nose at!
Why can’t you add rotten food? Basically, because the bad bacteria and fungi in the rotten food will fight with the good bacteria and fungi from the bokashi. This fight can potentially be won by the bad guys and your bin will then smell.
What about food with white mold? This is fine. As long as it doesn’t smell rotten it can be added.
And paper towels and serviettes? Yes. These add carbon to the process which is vital for good composting. Just make sure that they haven’t been used to wipe up anti-bacterial liquids. These compounds can kill your good bacteria and turn your bin bad.