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Why you might want to buy a bokashi bin (kitchen composter)

Bokashi is a Japanese word meaning 'fermented organic matter'.

Unlike conventional composting, with a bokashi bin (aka kitchen composter) you can safely turn all your organic kitchen waste, including meat, fish, dairy and cooked foods, into a wonderful nutrient-rich liquid fertiliser.

Bokashi bins are a great way to reduce your domestic waste and do your garden some good at the same time. The bins are often small and neat enough to slot into a corner of your kitchen.

Won't the bokashi bin make my house smell?

bokashi binBokashi bins have an airtight lid; there are no smells and no flies to worry about. They also have a charcoal filter built in, so no onion or garlic smells can leak out.

After each meal, just pop your food scraps into the bin. The fermenting process is accelerated when you add bokashi bran, which has been inoculated with effective micro-organisms (EMs), that act to anaerobically pickle your kitchen waste.

Once full, the material needs to be left to 'pickle' for 2 weeks. As the organic matter breaks down, it produces a light brown liquid called bokashi juice, which is alive with beneficial micro-organisms, and can be drained off and diluted with water as a plant feed, or added to your home compost heap. Using a bokashi bin is a great way to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, and is the best way to deal with organic waste. It returns valuable organic matter to the soil in the form of easy to handle compost. You can also pour it down the drain to clear pipes and prevent nasty odours.

bokashi bin 2Bokashi bins are usually sold in pairs. Once a bin is full, leave it for 2 weeks to ferment (make sure not to forget to drain off the bokashi juice) and start filling the second bin. After 2 weeks the first bin will be fully composted. The second bin is then alternated with the first bin, taking in fresh waste while the other is fermenting.About half of the 6.7 million tonnes of food thrown away each year is edible and the rest comprises waste such as peelings and bones.

All this waste then gets taken to landfill sites around the UK, which are not only nearly full, but also account for a huge percentage of methane emissions (one of the greenhouse gases that pollute our atmosphere). Taking food waste away from landfill sites and into plants which can turn it into either compost or bio fuel will ensure it is treated in such a way that it becomes a useful product, instead of a harmful one.

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