If you’ve ever composted green garden waste, you’ll agree with me that it’s one of the greatest things we can do to our planet to save it from pollution. It reduces the harmful emissions from the decomposing waste at landfills. Besides, it’s beneficial for our gardens.
But the problem sets in when the growing season ends, and we’re faced with the dilemma of how to get rid of the old compost bins we’ve been using to convert the decomposable waste into fertilizer. Should we dismantle them and throw them into the trash, or should we just send them to landfills that we have been trying to protect?
This issue has caused serious headaches for most homeowners. But no problem lasts forever, right? In this article, we discuss how we can dispose of our used compost bins responsibly without compromising environmental safety. Here are the best disposal options to consider.
1. Use it to create a new compost
You’ll still make new compost bins even if the growing season is at the edge. So, how can you make new compost out of the old one? Follow the following steps:
- Mix the old and new compost stuff in alternating layers. The mixture will give you the goodness you want for the next season.
- Mix the wastes up. Alternate the wastes you use in the layers. For instance, you can start by layering the old compost followed by old newspapers, hedge-clippings, grass clippings, and kitchen wastes. Try to maintain the layers at a thickness of six inches.
- Keep the compost aerated. Ensure that there is air between the layers by keeping them loose and thin. If the air is insufficient, some materials like grass mowing will form a nasty layer of slime, and you won’t like to touch such a filthy thing.
- Add worms. You can transfer worms from your old compost to the new one. Worms will perfectly mix the old and new compost materials as they look for edible organic waste. Also, they help break down the materials thus quickening the composting process.
- Add more layers. Rotting reduces the level of the composting materials in the bin. As the level drops, continue adding layers to the mix.
- Keep the bin moist. Ensure that your heap is always damp (not wet). Sprinkle it with a hose often.
2. Use it as mulch
Instead of seeking external disposal services for your old compost bin, you can use it to mulch your vegetable or flower beds. Used composts not only improve the soil but also mix with your existing soil through the worms that tunnel through the layers breaking the composting materials.
3. Grow carrots in them
Use your old compost bin to grow carrots in the following year. Since carrots require little nutrients, they’ll produce better roots if you grow them in old compost.
4. Give them away to gardening neighbours
Even if you aren't a gardener, chances are you've got a neighbour who grows food in their garden. Instead of disposing of your compost bin far from home, it would be better to donate to them.
5. List on Craigslist
Maybe this sounds a tad eccentric, but people can sell anything on Craigslist. Some even list their pets; so why don't you try your compost bin?
Composting waste is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of disposing of household and garden wastes. However, compost bins age and become less effective after serving their intended purposes, leaving users wondering what to do with them. If you’ve got an old compost bin you want to dispose of, consider recycling it. You can use it to make new compost and continue enriching your soil with valuable nutrients for plant growth.