Composting & Wormeries

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Courtesy: Charlotte Powell (Flickr)
Courtesy: Charlotte Powell (Flickr)

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed. At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter (leaves, food waste, grass cuttings, etc.) and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months. Compost is rich in nutrients and is very beneficial for soil and so it is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture and agriculture. Composting is an easy and relatively inexpensive way of preventing large amounts of waste ending up in landfill with a very useful material at the end of the process. The level of composting in Galway is good but could be further increased in the following ways:
– Better provision of compost facilities in apartments (e.g. smaller brown bins).
– Greater information and advice on composting in gardens at home (e.g. leaflets, websites).
– More segregated bins in the city centre that incorporate a compartment for food waste for composting.
– Greater use of wormeries (or vermicomposting). A wormery makes use of worms, which eat organic matter, to aid the composting process. The compost from a wormery can be richer in nutrients and have reduced levels of contaminants compared to compost produced by other methods.
Irish Peatland Conservation Council (advice on home composting)
Original Organics Ireland, Kimmage, Dublin 6W