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Recycling Your Kitchen Waste Into Compost Easily

Many of our garden maintenance customers ask about making compost from kitchen and garden waste and we are

Kitchen Waste Digester
Kitchen Waste Digester

always keen on new technologies and ideas about how to do that easily and cleanly. As you probably know if you have ever managed a compost heap that it can get smelly and turn downright putrid if you get it wrong.

Earth Probiotic Recycling Solutions Pty. Ltd. is a recycling business focused on the management and reuse of food-waste.

Food-waste, when dumped, is an environmental hazard.  During the putrefying process, food-waste produces greenhouse gases including methane, attracts vermin, provides an ideal breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria and pollutes above and below-ground water sources.

However, when treated properly food-waste can be reused as a microbial rich soil enhancer. And any gardener likes that idea.

Earth Probiotic’s solution is a fermentation (vs. decomposing) process.  Using bokashi – wheat-bran innoculated with effective microorganisms – food-waste is fermented in anaerobic drums and digesters.  Through this process, ALL food-waste can be treated including cooked and uncooked meat, sea-food, dairy, onions, citrus and small bones.

During the fermentation process pathogens are removed through competitive exclusion.  Good bacteria colonises the food-waste matrix and makes it ready for reapplication into soil and compost.

Not only is the food-waste thus now reusable, the end product is rich in essential microbial life and thus has the ability to super-charge plant and vegetable growth.

Earth Probiotic offers food-waste management solutions for households and businesses.

Business Food-Waste Solutions

As no two commercial kitchens are the same, Earth Probiotic offers a bespoke solution.  Solutions can be either:

Setting up on-site composting facilities so that food-waste can be reused in the grounds of the entity.
Providing a collection and replacement solution where fermentation drums are collected and replaced with clean ones.  Food-waste is taken to Earth Probiotic’s composting facility in northern Johannesburg.

For both solutions, in-kitchen separation is necessary.

Earth Probiotic provides fermentation drums, separation drums and bokashi.  Bokashi should be added to the food-waste during the separation process.

Successful implementations include Protea Hotels (Witbank, Capital, Highveld), The Peech Hotel, and a completed trial at Nando’s in Savoy.  Benefits of the system listed are:

Cleaner more easily managed kitchens.
Significantly fewer flies and other pests.
Reduced odours.
Increased waste awareness and thus savings.
Financial savings on pest deterrents, rubbish bags, cleaning products and bin pick-up costs.

Domestic Food-Waste Solutions

Imported digesters manufactured by SCD Probiotics in Thailand.  These digesters (also called composters) are anaerobic probiotic-infused plastic bins.
Local digesters manufactured in South Africa.  These bins are available in 20/25l for domestic and small B&B use.
Bokashi bran which is essential for the effective fermentation of the food-waste.  Bokashi is locally brewed using SCD Probiotics technology.
Food-waste is deposited in the digester and then progressively layered with bokashi.  During the process there are no bad odours, no fly infestation and no roaches.  It’s the cleanest and easiest and cleanest way to manage your food-waste.

If the idea of easily disposing of your kitchen waste – domestic or commercial –  interests you then call Kevin on o83 686 4471 for more information and a costing for your application.  You may be surprised at how little it costs and you may even end up saving a lot of money in the process.

Decorating The Office

It’s been more than a year now since you came to your new work place and took over your new office. First of all, you were busy coping with a new home and learning a new job, but now that you’re settled in you start noticing again the same things that you noticed when you first took over your office.

The walls are a boring, drab colour and looking decidedly depressing, the sun streaming in through the heavy duty blinds is barely enough to light a mouse hole and the furniture is just about as grotty and plain as it can get. You reckon that an acceptable amount of time has passed for you to start an office decorating project.

Of course, before you start it’s always good to make certain that the powers that be don’t have a problem with your plans. And remember that it is only an office and you should treat your decorating plans as such.

Painting the walls a bright red colour possibly might not work. However, you could brighten things up a bit by repainting the walls a bright and airy colour that won’t be an eyesore to anyone, least of all you. Then you could always take down those ancient blinds that have been hanging there since the early 1980’s and replace them with something more pleasing and modern.

On the other hand, if the whole of the office is done up in the same style with the same blinds hanging on each window, your a la mode changes might not go down too well with your colleagues. So, think twice before making drastic changes that alter the whole style and dynamic of the entire office.

However, there are easier methods you can use to carry out your office decorating ideas without too much trouble to you and which doesn’t necessarily need too much thought either. You can brighten up the appearance of any room by placing a couple of flowering plants here and there around your office.

But, if you’re at all like me and you don’t have green fingers or if your presence is death to any plants near you, then maybe you shouldn’t bother with plants. You could however bring in some bright prints and hang them up on your walls. Or perhaps you have children and they have painted some smashing pictures for you.

These also work well, and will show your colleagues another side of you. Don’t get stressed out over anything though. You really don’t need a simple redecorating job to add to the rest of your worries and besides an office decorating project should be fun and stress free.

Remember, your office decorating project need not entail your turning the whole office, or yourself, on its head. It should be something that you can live with on a daily basis.

After all, you spend a lot of the day at your office, it should be a place where you can be just as at ease as you are in your own home.

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