Composting at Home

Contact details of Resource Persons for Composting and Waste Management: Resource Persons Composting

A presentation made in Deccan Gymkhana 12th March 2016: Composting DGPS March 2016

Composting at home has caught on over the past few years. Photos here showcase just some of the ways in which DGPS members compost their kitchen waste, effortlessly!

Methods of Home Composting

Bag method

Bag method

A simple nylon bag that can be hung in the balcony is one ideal solution for flats. Bag for kitchen waste – very simple process that Priya Bhide showed us in one DGPS meeting.

Bag method

Bag method

Begin with wad of newspaper at the bottom, add only stalks for 10 days then can add anything from the kitchen – like cooked left overs, bones etc.

Daily Dump Pots

Daily Dump Pots

Daily Dump Three Pots on a Terrace

Daily Dump Pots

Daily Dump Pots

Stage 1 - kitchen waste in a bed of leaves in the topmost pot

Daily Dump Pots

Daily Dump Pots

Stage 2 of composting

Daily Dump Pots

Daily Dump Pots

Stage 3 - almost done

Daily Dump Pots

Daily Dump Pots

Ready to use manure/compost. Photos courtesy Pushkaraj Apte

Cane basket

Cane basket

Make a basket for composting and grow healthy plants. Photo courtesy Mayur Bhave

Home Balcony

Home Balcony

A composting bed in a flat balcony makes for a small garden Photo courtesy Swati Pednekar

Pot in Window Sill

Pot in Window Sill

Adding kitchen waste to a pot. Photo courtesy Sujata Karmarkar

Old Vegetable Basket

Old Vegetable Basket

Basket with an nylon lining - allows aeration. Photo courtesy Gandhali Jadhav

Old drums

Old drums

Drums used - note holes drilled for aeration. Photo courtesy Mayur Bhave

Pit in Society premises

Pit in Society premises

A pit made with advice from Priya Bhide - pipes allow aeration and faster decomposition of leaf litter Photo courtesy Col Arun Joshi

Drum Method

Drum Method

Drum takes up little space and blends in the garden

Drum Method

Drum Method

Rotation of the waste in the drum is to be done once a day

Drum Method

Drum Method

Waste getting converted to compost

Drum Method

Drum Method

Compost used in society garden

Old Plastic drums

Old Plastic drums

Photo courtesy Jay Apte

Old Plastic drums

Seven pots, one for each day of the week. Photo courtesy Sushma Date