What Is Vermicomposting?

Many gardeners are now using compost piles to compost their yard and kitchen waste. But it can be a challenge to continually create new compost piles when kitchen waste is constantly being generated by families throughout the year. That’s why many are now turning to a more time-efficient composting process. In this latest post, we’ll take a look at the trend of vermicomposting and how you can begin the process at home.

What Is Vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and microorganisms to turn kitchen waste into nutrient rich plant food and soil conditioner. It’s fairly simple to set up a vermicomposting system. To begin, you’ll need the following:

  1. A container
  2. Bedding
  3. Non-fatty kitchen scraps
  4. Worms
  5. Water

Container

The container you choose should be between eight and 12 inches in depth. Small plastic containers work best for this type of composting process, as they can be easily transported compared to wood bins.

Bedding

Bedding must be able to retain moisture and air while providing the worms space to live. Suitable options can include shredded corrugated cardboard, shredded paper, and peat moss. The container should be filled two-thirds with bedding to provide the worms with the optimal space. Then to prepare the bedding for the worms, you must place the bedding in your container, and fill the container with water until the bedding is covered. Then allow the bedding 24 hours to collect moisture.

Worms

The worms used for the vermicomposting process are called red worms or manure worms. They can be ordered through lawn care companies as well as found in bait stores. Consider how much waste you produce within your kitchen to determine how many worms you require. One pound of red worms can compost one half pound of kitchen waste per day. Once you’ve purchased the worms, you can simply add the worms to the bedding. They will then naturally go down to the bottom of the container away from the light.

Feeding

When feeding worms the kitchen scraps, it’s important to start slowly. It will take time for them to develop the bacteria required to turn waste into compost. In the beginning, add only a small amount of vegetable matter to the container and then gradually add more food as the amount of compost in the bin begins to grow.

In about three to four months, you should notice that your bin is full of nutrient rich compost ready to be used! It’s a process that can help you achieve a healthy, pesticide-free environment in your home garden. To learn more on vermicomposting and its unique benefits, call our team today!

Creative Ways To Repurpose Your Old Junk

Before you simply throw away all of your junk, first consider the ways in which it can be repurposed — updated and used for something entirely different. Not only can it be a fun weekend project but it is also a very eco-friendly way to handle your junk. You will probably even save yourself a lot of money in the process. Here are some common items that people often have in their house that can be repurposed in a creative way.

Creative Ways To Repurpose Your Old Junk

  1. Turn a Ladder into a Bookshelf.

    Give your old ladder a coat of paint and then hang it up on the wall horizontally, leaving a little bit of space between the wall and the ladder so that the books have room to balance on each step.

  2. Make Shelves Out of Old Books.

    Turn all of those old books lying around into shelves. Screw in two brackets into your wall and simply place the book on top.

  3. Convert an Old Tire into an Ottoman.

    Cut two pieces of wood the size of the tire hole and then screw the pieces of wood into the centre of the tire. Take a glue gun and then cover the tire with hemp rope.

  4. Turn Plastic Bottles and Wine Glasses into Flower Holders.

    Just cut the top half of a plastic bottle and spray paint it. Fill it with dirt, plant your flower and voila! To turn a wine bottle into a vase, simply paint the bottle your favourite colour.

  5. Turn Picture Frames into Serving Trays.

    Spray paint your old picture frame and turn it into a classy serving tray. It makes for a very elegant way to serve guests coffee or tea.

  6. Turn a CD Holder into a Storage Container for Bagels.

    This one doesn’t involve a lot of effort — just take an old CD holder, wash it out, and you’ve got yourself a great way to store your bagels so they won’t get squished. This repurposed CD holder is perfect for taking to work or on hikes. Alternatively, CD holders are a great way to store cables for convenient access.

If you are out of ideas on how to creatively repurpose your old junk, consider renting a dumpster-removal bin or have our team get rid of it on your behalf. Contact our team at Junk It! today for more.

Understanding the Hazardous Waste in your Home

Hazardous waste is not only made in manufacturing plants, it can also be found at home under places the like the kitchen sink, the garage, the basement, or any place you store these products. Since every product you buy comes with labels, it’s a lot of work to read and keep track of which products contain industrial agents so we’ll go over the groups of products that are potentially dangerous.

Hazardous Waste

Labelling and Garbage Collection

There are four types of dangerous agents that are present in products that are commonly found in households:

  • Corrosive products eat away at certain materials; for example the acid in batteries can corrode your skin if exposed
  • Flammable products can catch fire, which produces a risky situation for family members and your home
  • Explosive products creates high speed debris that could potentially injure you or damage your possessions
  • Poisons are harmful if consumed

Any product can fall under more than one of these categories, so watch out for the following warning signs that should be displayed on the labels:

Warning Signs

Many municipalities won’t allow households to dispose of these items because of environmental and safety concerns. Services like Junk It! will help you sort through the dangerous materials and properly dispose of them so that you won’t have to expose yourself to the agents or deal with the ticky-tacky rules behind their removal.

Looking Through the Garage

Antifreeze and car batteries are obvious candidates for hazardous waste but the following are also potentially harmful:

  • Brake fluid, like Prestone makes
  • Motor oil, as in Mobil
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Degreaser, as in WD-40

If you store your gardening supplies in the garage as well, then make sure that these products are properly sealed when not in use:

  • Poisons for bugs, rodents, and other pests
  • Fertilizers that aren’t homemade
  • Chemical weed killers

Beauty Products Count Too

Most of these items don’t come with large symbols indicating how toxic or dangerous they can be, but that doesn’t change the fact that these items should not be ingested and must be stored in dark, cool places:

  • Nail polish and remover
  • Perfume
  • Hair spray

Cleaning Agents

Almost anything stronger than soap is probably hazardous, which doesn’t mean that you should immediately switch over to organic materials. Responsible storage, use, and disposal will do the trick. If you’re moving and need to remove a bunch at once, call Junk It! for help.