Composting might be the best example of a truly circular system at work. Composting is the natural breakdown of organic material (kitchen and yard materials) by micro-organisms (bacteria and fungi), insects and worms. The material produced, (compost) is a dark, crumbly, earthy smelling material that is great for your garden! (Graphic via Teachstarter.com)
Backyard Composting - adding Greens (nitrogen rich organic waste) and Browns (carbon rich yard waste) to a compost bin. The materials are broken down by naturally occurring microbes. There are different styles of bins to suit your needs!
Vermicomposting or Worm-Composting - adding kitchen scraps to a bin containing worms. The worms break down the organic matter and the result (worm castings) produces incredibly fertile compost.
City of London residents can purchase from an EnviroDepot for $35 each (taxes included). There are four different units available, based on manufacturer availability. Click here to see the selection of backyard composters and get started!
One shift we need to make together is to treat organic waste not as waste, but as a resource. Organic waste has some incredible uses that can help us transition to a circular economy, one where we make use of resources in the cycle before discarding them as waste. Here’s what we can do with organic waste:
Image: a black rotating compost bin