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Bokashi Food Waste Composting Products

Earth Bokashi food waste recycling bins

Earth Bokashi food waste recycling bin.

Our Earth Bokashi bins are 25L in size and are made from recycled plastic.
* bins include internal strainer.
* robust tap to drain bokashi juice.
* seal tightly.
* can hold up to 18kg of food waste.

Bokashi composting is a two step process. Once the food waste is fermented you can do the following:

  1. Add it to your compost heap. Take the contents and put it into the middle of your compost heap. Spread it out a little in order to make it thinner. Then cover with garden waste. The microbes in the bokashi fermented food waste will accelerate your heap.
  2. Trench it directly into your soil. This is an easy way. Simply bury it around the drip line of your trees. Or dig a trench, add it to the trench and mix with some of the soil, cover and leave. The soil microbes and earthworms will process this into a rich nutrient rich soil.
  3. Feed it to your composting earthworms. Be careful as the worms need to be habituated to the acidic environment. Add some to the corners of your bin. The earthworms will move away but after a few days will be feasting! Then add to another corner. And so on. Best is to pre-compost it and then add it to your bin.
  4. Make your own potting soil. This is an ideal solution for composters who live in an apartment or small space townhouse.

 

Earth Bokashi

"Bokashi" means "fermented organic matter" in Japanese. Developed in the 1980s, bokashi composting is a fermentation method. Food waste is added to air tight bins, layered with "Earth Bokashi" and the bin closed. Beneficial microbes in the Earth Bokashi mix then activate and start a fermentation process. These microbes stop the food waste from rotting and smelling.

After fermentation, contents can be composted with garden waste, dug directly into your soil, or fed to composting worms.

Earth Bokashi food waste composting inoculant or use in Earth Bokashi bins.

Earth Bokashi is made with indigenous South African microorganisms. Earth Bokashi contains a balanced mix of nitrogen and carbon rich material to assist in the final composting of your food waste. Do not store in direct sunlight. It will get too hot and kill the microbes. These need to be kept alive to keep the process going and keep the bad bacteria from growing in the bin.

NB - You need a minimum of two bins. Why? Once the first bin is full it needs to stand for two weeks to finish fermentation. During this time you can then start filling your second bin. Each bin will hold around 18kg of food waste. If you generate more than this you can always purchase an additional bin.

I forgot to add Earth Bokashi to my bin. Will my waste go bad?

Your nose is the best indicator to check all is well in your bucket. If it smells rancid then add two handfuls of Bokashi to try and reverse the process.
If the bucket continues to smell bad then you will have to get rid of it by digging a hole and adding the bucket contents to it. Mix with soil, add another handful of Bokashi bran and cover with the rest of soil. If you have nowhere to ‘bury’ it then you have to dispose of it in your weekly refuse bin.

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