Get Rid of Smelly Trash with These Tips & Our #SheSpeaksCompost Giveaway!

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 09.20.17
Get Rid of Smelly Trash with These Tips & Our #SheSpeaksCompost Giveaway!

It’s a real pain to have to take the trash out. It’s messy, it smells, and it contributes to landfills. However, there is one way to reduce your garbage production drastically, that will also almost completely eliminate the problems that come with garbage: Composting!

Read on to find out more, and then enter to win a great in-kitchen compost storage bin!

Why is composting so great?

Composting turns food scraps into a wonderful fertilizer you can use in a garden or a pot. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S dumps about 133 billion pounds of food per year into landfills, which is about one third of the amount of food produced annually! This food waste can be drastically reduced with more composting, because it creates a natural outlet for wasted food to go, and takes as little as 3-4 weeks to decompose compared to food waste in landfills that can take up to six months.

How do I compost?

You can purchase a small inexpensive compost bin for your kitchen or if you have a couple of square feet outdoors, you can create a box outside! Some cities, such as Boulder, CO and Brooklyn, NY have free city-wide composting programs for all residents. But you don't need an organized program to compost in your home. For more info on how to get started, check out this link

Step One: Choose a compost bin & place to put it

There are many different bins you can use to make your compost. Outside bins can be made out of plastic or wood, or you can purchase a ready-made one in a variety of different sizes and shapes. If you don't have space outside, you can buy a kitchen composter that sits right on your counter. Either way, just make sure to put it in a space that is easily accessible.

Step Two: Add the correct materials

You want to add an even amount of “green” and  “brown” materials, to ensure the process runs smoothly. Green materials include: vegetable and fruits, grass, coffee grounds, weeds and hedge trimmings. Brown materials include: Leaves, hay, straw, paper, cardboard, egg shells, and teabags.

Then what?

Keep putting your food and plant waste into the compost bin. It can take anywhere from four weeks to a year to change over to dirt, depending on factors like what you put in, the temperature, and how much mixing you do. Once it turns, you can use your new dirt in potted plants, outdoor gardens, tree beds, or you can even put it in the garbage - it will be smaller volume and less smelly than rotting food would have been.

Interested in composting? Enter to win a Full Circle Kitchen Composter to get started!

There are two ways to enter:

1. Comment below and tell us: Does composting seem like a possibility for you and your family? Or if you already compost, what are some tips or strategies that make it easy for you?

2. Tweet about the giveaway: “Entered the #SheSpeaksCompost Giveaway to win an in-home composting bin, thx to @SheSpeaksUp!"

*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive a Full Circle Kitchen Composter. Giveaway is open through October 8th, 2017 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

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  • skiboop23 By skiboop23

    Always wanted to try composting but worried about smell and bugs and seemed like lot of work with slow results. This kitchen bin composter seems like a good idea.

  • RustysR By RustysR

    I don't have a whole lot of food waste, but would compost if I had a small composter for the kitchen. It would come in very handy for my garden.

  • thismomwins By thismomwins

    We have a pile in the backyard

  • sandysandmeyer By sandysandmeyer

    While I currently live in an apartment, I would love to be able to compost. I've never believed that it was possible.

  • its4me2 By its4me2

    I would Love to start composting.....And winning this Full Circle Kitchen Composter would be a Great way to begin!!

  • Mychalswife By Mychalswife

    I have been wanting to compost since I have recently been trying to improve my gardening and planting skills, but I never did in fear that the animals that run loose in my neighborhood wouldn't stay out of it so this would be great.

  • n7nickys7n By n7nickys7n

    It seems like a possibility and a great idea!

  • gdmbm76 By gdmbm76

    I would love to start composting bit am so scared!! My mom in law has one of those round drum ones on a stand you turn and ahe says its really easy but I don't know lol. I have 2 big gardens and I know I would benefit from making my own compost, I use no chemicals on or by the it at all and compost seems like the next step. I just need to do it but have read so much back and forth.

  • kam180 By kam180

    Now that we live in rural America, composting is on our to do list! Would love to get this started. Our family has really noticed how much food we waste now that we no longer have curbside trash pick up!

  • tweetibird By tweetibird

    I would love to start composting in my home to reduce the waste that goes out in the garbage.

  • Jane83 By Jane83

    My family has never composted but we definitely would love to win so we could try.

  • betatester By betatester

    We've just started looking into this. Banana peels and orange peels are the first to go into the bin.

  • emolie27 By emolie27

    I would love to try composting! We already reduce, reuse, and recycle, but I would love to compost too. We just moved into our first home so this would be a great time to start.

  • Saroki88 By Saroki88

    I just moved to a house with just under an acre of land so I'm really excited about the prospect of gardening and composting! The idea of making your own dirt that's chock full of nutrients and putting your food scraps to use is exhilarating!

  • pinelands By pinelands

    I would love to learn to compost

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