composting

how do you even start composting?

Composting is so easy, we guarantee you that you will be an expert after these steps!

  1. Collect food scraps, these include fruits scraps, vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, coffee filters, rice, and pasta. The complete list can be found here.
  2. Create or buy a compost bin and spread your food scraps inside.
  3. Cover food scraps with brown material, this includes leaves, straw, shredded cardboard, sawdust, mulch or even soil.
  4. Add water to add life and get the process to start.
  5. That’s it! Well now just patience, composting is a long process but a simple one with wonderful benefits for your garden and for Earth.

does it smell bad?

Nope! As long as your compost has enough airflow, so it remains aerobic, meaning there is the presence of oxygen it should be fine. Always remember to cover your food scraps with brown material to prevent these smells.

If smells do occur, add more wood chips to mask the smell or reduce your food scraps content.

what about flies?

Flies are a result of not covering your compost bin and food scraps inside it. Every time you add more food scraps, you should in addition, a layer of brown material, this includes soil, old compost, leaves, or wood shavings.

how long does it take?

This is one question we get a lot, yet the answer ranges widely. Food scraps that have hard parts and generally more fibers take longer to decompose.

A carrot will take much longer to decompose than a grape.

The overall process can take between 1-3 months.

can you compost meats and dairy products?

You technically can, but we don’t recommend it, as it usually attracts lots of flies and smells. In addition, these products decompose in anaerobic conditions, creating methane and lots of smells!

when do you know when the compost is ready?

Great question! Finished compost should look like dark soil with an earthy/foresty smell. It should also not recognize any of the initial ingredients first mixed inside.

It should also be warm to the touch!

where do I place my compost bin?

Shade or sunny, nature doesn’t care :D. That being said, when placing your compost bin in sunny areas, you will have to add water to the compost bin more frequently.

just started composting and it smells, what do I do?

2 words first: you’re awesome!

Here are a few options to fix this common issue:

  1. Make sure your food scraps were covered with brown material.
  2. Turn and aerate the compost pile to re-introduce oxygen and fresh air.
  3. Reduce the amount of food scraps going in the compost bin a certain week to keep a correct balance of material.
  4. Overwatering a compost bin can cause odors, so let the bin open to evaporate extra water and dry off.

Composting at first takes practice, but with time it quickly makes you an expert!

composting

how do you even start composting?

Composting is so easy, we guarantee you that you will be an expert after these steps!

  1. Collect food scraps, these include fruits scraps, vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, coffee filters, rice, and pasta. The complete list can be found here.
  2. Create or buy a compost bin and spread your food scraps inside.
  3. Cover food scraps with brown material, this includes leaves, straw, shredded cardboard, sawdust, mulch or even soil.
  4. Add water to add life and get the process to start.
  5. That’s it! Well now just patience, composting is a long process but a simple one with wonderful benefits for your garden and for Earth.

does it smell bad?

Nope! As long as your compost has enough airflow, so it remains aerobic, meaning there is the presence of oxygen it should be fine. Always remember to cover your food scraps with brown material to prevent these smells.

If smells do occur, add more wood chips to mask the smell or reduce your food scraps content.

what about flies?

Flies are a result of not covering your compost bin and food scraps inside it. Every time you add more food scraps, you should in addition, a layer of brown material, this includes soil, old compost, leaves, or wood shavings.

how long does it take?

This is one question we get a lot, yet the answer ranges widely. Food scraps that have hard parts and generally more fibers take longer to decompose.

A carrot will take much longer to decompose than a grape.

The overall process can take between 1-3 months.

can you compost meats and dairy products?

You technically can, but we don’t recommend it, as it usually attracts lots of flies and smells. In addition, these products decompose in anaerobic conditions, creating methane and lots of smells!

when do you know when the compost is ready?

Great question! Finished compost should look like dark soil with an earthy/foresty smell. It should also not recognize any of the initial ingredients first mixed inside.

It should also be warm to the touch!

where do I place my compost bin?

Shade or sunny, nature doesn’t care :D. That being said, when placing your compost bin in sunny areas, you will have to add water to the compost bin more frequently.

just started composting and it smells, what do I do?

2 words first: you’re awesome!

Here are a few options to fix this common issue:

  1. Make sure your food scraps were covered with brown material.
  2. Turn and aerate the compost pile to re-introduce oxygen and fresh air.
  3. Reduce the amount of food scraps going in the compost bin a certain week to keep a correct balance of material.
  4. Overwatering a compost bin can cause odors, so let the bin open to evaporate extra water and dry off.

Composting at first takes practice, but with time it quickly makes you an expert!

company

this is actually founded by 4 kids?

Indeed, we are 4 kids who saw a clear yet untalked problem: food waste and its effect on our environment.

We are powered by hope and positivity…

#FantasticFour

why are you doing this?

At back2earth, we live by the philosophy that communities are the true key to solving the food waste problem and our climate crisis.

By harnessing the power of communities through the engagement of youth, we can take a negative impact and turn it into a positive one!

your mission?

Stop organic waste from reaching landfills in the most eco-friendly way.

Organic waste already produces devasting effects towards the environment. The transportation of these type of waste is another huge issue as it is highly carbon intensive.

are you a non-profit?

Yes! We are a non-profit meaning all profits and donations made go directly back into the project to help us increase our impact and awareness.

company

this is actually founded by 4 kids?

Indeed, we are 4 kids who saw a clear yet untalked problem: food waste and its effect on our environment.

We are powered by hope and positivity…

#FantasticFour

why are you doing this?

At back2earth, we live by the philosophy that communities are the true key to solving the food waste problem and our climate crisis.

By harnessing the power of communities through the engagement of youth, we can take a negative impact and turn it into a positive one!

your mission?

Stop organic waste from reaching landfills in the most eco-friendly way.

Organic waste already produces devasting effects towards the environment. The transportation of these type of waste is another huge issue as it is highly carbon intensive.

are you a non-profit?

Yes! We are a non-profit meaning all profits and donations made go directly back into the project to help us increase our impact and awareness.

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try a month of service and see how easy it is to create a positive impact. Collect your food scraps, put it on your doorsteps every Saturday morning, and we do the rest!

create your positive impact today
try a month of service and see how easy it is to create a positive impact. Collect your food scraps, put it on your doorsteps every Saturday morning, and we do the rest!