Most homeowners opt to compost with a large bin placed outside, in their backyard. It is inconspicuous and, usually, doesn’t emit any odours. The only drawback is that the decomposition process of organic waste into humus is interrupted in winter because of the low temperatures. Quicker results can therefore be achieved with a container designed for indoor use.
There are attractive containers available for this purpose. Many people even leave them on their counter as part of the kitchen decor. This form of composting is called vermicomposting as it requires earthworms to break down the waste.
No matter the chosen method (an outdoor bin or an indoor container), the organic waste you can compost remains the same: skins, peels, raw or cooked fruits and vegetables, coffee, nutshells, dead leaves and plants, dried flowers.
To prevent the appearance of white grubs and a repulsive odour, don’t compost dairy and animal products. However, if you are composting with your city or municipal brown bin, you don’t have to worry about this kind of annoyance thanks to the regular collection schedule.
Maintaining you bin is straightforward: turn or mix its contents twice a month to ensure they are properly aerated. They must also be kept damp, but not soaking wet.