Bokashi CompostFood Waste's Best Friend
Summer 2016 Zero Waste conundrum solved!
Thank You Bokashi Living.
So What Exactly is Bokashi?
It’s the simplest, most comprehensive compost system around.
Accepts All Food Waste. Bokashi bin takes ALL your kitchen food waste: cooked, raw, dairy & meat, vegetables & fruits.
It’s Fast. All it takes is 4-6 weeks and you have nutrient rich compost to add to your garden.
No Foul Odor. Bokashi has a pickling/yeasty smell, not the typical odors associated with composting.
Pest Free. Rats, racoons, flies, mice and bears who might typically be attracted to home compost are not attracted to bokashi.
Sustainable. The anaerobic compost system of bokashi releases little (if any) harmful greenhouse gases.
It’s Easy. This is likely the greatest benefit of using bokashi over other home compost systems. No separating food scraps, no long term waiting, no worry for pests.
Below are excerpts from a blog written for PAREdown by one of the owners of Bokashi Living out of Vancouver, Canada. This post analyses how bokashi is a better choice for food waste than other traditional options.
Bokashi vs Garbage
Garbage, trash, rubbish… whatever you call it, it is all destined to be burnt or buried in a landfill. This is a massive waste of the nutrients and goodness in your food scraps. These days many of us are blessed with garbage pick-up service. This makes it too easy to throw valuable ‘waste’ into a black bag and forget about it. Burying waste in a big hole in the ground is not a solution and is creating problems for our children and children’s children to deal with in the future.
Rotting food in our landfills is currently the second largest source of methane emissions by people.
Hopefully I am talking to the converted here anyway, so let’s move on!
Bokashi vs Green Bin
Many municipalities and regional districts are looking to remove the organics from the landfill. Locally this has come in the guise of the 2015 food scraps ban across Metro Vancouver and CVRD. This is not just happening here in BC but also across the world; for example, France has just passed legislation which bans supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. Many countries and regions provide organic and food scrap collection or drop points for residents to try and encourage people to think before throwing compostable waste into the black garbage bin or their garburator.
Putting food scraps into your green bin is a great improvement over the garbage can or your garburator but it isn’t without its pitfalls. Organic collection brings more diesel pick-up vehicles to our cities to take the food scraps to an industrial composting facility. More trucks are then needed to transport the final compost product to our gardens where it is needed.