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  • Writer's pictureRyan Yoo

My Solution

At the end of the previous blog, I was in need of another solution because of how often I had to bury compost if I used the small snack container. However, I couldn't solely use the big composter I had bought and add food waste little by little; the food waste's environment wouldn't be anaerobic. After researching online, I saw that some people were using a plate or a piece of circular Styrofoam to act as a barrier between the air and food waste. They were also adding food in much bigger batches than I was. Hence, I combined my previous two methods: the big composter and small snack container.

The way it would work is my family and I would fill up the small snack container (which conveniently has a lid to prevent the food waste's smell from spreading) until it was full; we would not add the bokashi bran at this point. After it was full, I would dump the food waste in the snack container into the bigger compost bin. Then, I would cut the bigger chunks with scissors to help them break down quicker after being buried. At that point, I would sprinkle bokashi bran over the food waste and mix it, so that the bokashi would disperse evenly. To make sure the environment is as anaerobic as possible, I covered the food wastes' surface with a plastic bag and compressed it with my hands. Then, I would close the lid and repeat this process until the big bokashi bin was filled.



Compressed compost:


 

Buried compost:


Overall, this method worked much better than my previous attempts. The food waste I first added to the bottom of the bin did not rot like my first attempt. It also looked fermented and pickled instead of rotten. I also think the smell was not as bad as the previous attempts; it was a bit sweet and definitely more tolerable. I didn't have to add the food waste as often into the bigger bin as well which was an added bonus.


Thank you for reading!



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