What makes good quality compost

Good compost increases the organic content of a soil body, facilitating beneficial soil microbial growth and, as a result, plant growth. In addition, it increases the water retention of soil and maintains the carbon content, which improves soil fertility.

 Let’s take a look at what makes a good composting:

 Keep the input material organic

An enclosed, well managed composting unit can process a large amount of organic waste. This includes fruit, vegetables and even meat scraps. What you want to exclude from your composting unit are non-biodegradable materials like plastics and glass. These should be kept in the recycling bins.

Addition of oxygen

Adding oxygen initiates the composting process through a natural microbiological process called aerobic biodegradation. During this phase, microbes get to work to break down organic waste.

Adding carbon

Carbon supports the work of microbes in soil. It is also the most important element in compost and, ultimately, soil. How do you add carbon to a mass of compost? You can do this by adding sawdust, wood chippings or garden cuttings.

Managing the moisture content 

This is a vitally important aspect of the composting process, managing the moisture produced by the biodegradation process. If not managed correctly, the moisture that collects at the bottom of a compost pile can produce odours and attract pests to the area.

BiobiN’s composting units are designed with components that ensure an adequate amount of air is induced for the composting process. A condenser is installed on our units to remove any excess moisture, preventing odours. BiobiN units are also designed according to a site’s specifications based on the amount of organic waste it produces and the availability of space. All this allows for a clean and efficient composting area on-site. 

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