I purchased two Eco-bins (each the size of your regular garbage bin) from Natasha D’Costa, Director of Start Upcycling Now (SUN), in Bandra. They sell drums for composting of organic waste of large amounts, as well as Eco-bins which work well for a single home. Natasha explained the process to me as shown in this video here. Once I began composting, she has always been available on phone or whatsapp for any questions I have had.
So, here’s what I’ve learnt about home-composting:
It’s simple: The process I follow is not vermicomposting (using worms) but aerobic composting (using air). Given the right mix of air and temperature, the waste will not smell and nature takes in course in converting the waste into compost.
You have to help the process along: The compost has to be churned (turned over in the bin to get air) about two to three times a day. If you are using the large drum, you have to rotate the bin (see video). For the Eco-bin you have to wear a pair of gloves and churn the waste around in the bin. Churning the waste takes less than 20-30 minutes a day in total depending on how often you do it.
It requires commitment: Consider it a lifestyle change and accept it like moving to a new neighbourhood or taking care of a baby. There will be a learning curve but you can correct your errors easily. The main thing is to get the correct proportions of wet and dry waste.
Right now I compost to reduce pollution and protect the environment. I haven’t started using it in a garden yet as Natasha describes in her video, but there may soon be some prospective buyers for my compost. 🙂