How to set up anaerobic composting at home

Composting is a process by which biodegradable waste can be turned into manure with the help of decomposition by microorganisms. When this process is done in the absence of oxygen, it is called anaerobic composting. The microorganisms in this method require little or no oxygen to survive.

How to compost anaerobically?

Step 1: Choose the right container.

You can use any container with a tight lid for this process. Prapt’s 15 L Home Composter is designed specifically for anaerobic composting. It comes with a tap at the bottom that makes it very easy to collect the compost tea that will be released.

Step 2: Adding the waste to your container.

Once your container is ready, start by adding a layer of organic microbes to the bottom of the bin. You can buy them here. You can add about 3 inches of biodegradable waste on top of this before adding another layer of microbes. Repeat this process till the bin is full and seal it with a final layer of microbes on top. Always keep the bin closed except while adding waste to it. Once it is filled, put on the lid and keep it aside for a period of 21 days.

Over this period of composting, a brown liquid will be released to the bottom of the compost bin. This is called compost tea. This should be released every 2-3 days. It can easily be collected from the tap provided in Prapt’s Home Compost Bin. The compost tea can be mixed with water in the ratio of 1:20 and used as a bio-booster for plants.

Once your compost bin is full, you can start adding your waste to a second compost bin while the microbes in the first bin will start converting the waste into manure.

We have specific microbes for kitchen waste, garden waste and even for slaughterhouse waste. Check them out on our online store here.

You can add fruit and vegetable peels, tea leaves, coffee grounds, plant clippings, flowers, dried leaves, and anything else that is naturally biodegradable.

You can also add dairy, egg shells, meat and bones to the compost.

Shred the waste into small pieces before adding them to the bin for better results.

Step 3: Harvesting the compost.

After a period of about 21 days, remove the compost from the compost bin and transfer it to any container or bag. Keep it airtight. The waste will turn into compost over time.

The finished compost will be dark-brown in colour and will smell like earth. The compost can be sieved to take out any materials that haven’t broken down completely and the final product can be added to the garden directly or stored in a container in a cool place until it is used.

Composting is a pretty simple process, once you get the basics right. And if you have a garden, it will be a wonderful natural fertilizer for your plants. Anaerobic composting requires minimal effort, unlike aerobic composting. This will be a perfect fit for you if you want to compost despite your busy schedule. If you have any doubts, do let us know in the comments below.

Happy composting!

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