Book No Waste Composting

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No-Waste Composting includes step-by-step plans for multiple small-scale indoor and outdoor composting systems that turn repurposed household items into containment systems for composting kitchen scraps and yard waste.

Discover the hows and whys of composting and find over a dozen practical step-by-step plans for building both indoor and outdoor composting systems that require a minimal amount of space. "I don't have enough space to compost." "I don't know what's safe to compost and what isn't." "I live in the city, so I don't think I can compost." "Indoor composting systems are smelly." "I don't have a garden, so I don't need to compost." If any of these is your excuse for not composting, then this is the book for you!

Small-space composting has never been easier, more efficient, and more eco-friendly. Composting keeps millions of tons of waste out of landfills and creates carbon-sequestering, nutrient-dense compost that can be used to help fuel plant growth (including houseplants!) and build soil health.

  • Build a DIY worm-composting system for a cupboard or garage
  • Craft a layered, under-the-sink composting system from terracotta pots
  • Construct a simple outdoor compost bin from repurposed wooden pallets
  • Use up-cycled wire fencing to build a mobile composting system on the driveway
  • Learn how to compost larger sticks and branches to build new food and flower gardens
  • Up-cycle a plastic bucket to make an indoor compost fermenting system

Plus, you'll find plans to keep cat and dog waste out of the landfill by using a groundbreaking (and safe) DIY composting system. And if you don't garden, author and composting professional Michelle Balz offers plenty of other ways you can utilise the wonderful, crumbly compost you create. Whether you're just starting your no-waste journey or you're a seasoned recycling and re-purposing pro, No-Waste Composting is an invaluable tool to have at your side.


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