We’ve now had our Bokashi bins for eight months (it would have been twelve but it took us a while to get round to buying the bins). However, now that we’ve been into a winter for a few weeks, I thought I would give a review of what I think of the system.
First and foremost, its all positive.
The system fits well into our system of getting rid of household waste and produces a slight amount extra compost for the allotment. If you’ve never heard of Bokashi, here is the best description I’ve been able to find (I know its a Canadian site but don’t hold that against it and if you’re in Vancouver its somewhere to buy a system from).
During Spring and Summer, we have too much compostable household waste to put everything through the Bokashi bin so we use it for stuff we would otherwise put into the black bin (black bin in our case means the roadside collection that goes into landfill). We add some green waste that we would compost to keep the bins turning over but essentially the bokashi system consumes our cooked food, meat, fish, potato peelings, etc., stuff we don’t want to compost directly. When the bins are full and rested we take them off to our allotment and bury the contents ether in the compost heaps or (more often) directly in the ground.
Come Winter, the amount of compostable household waste is reduced so more of the total goes into the Bokashi system to keep the turnover of bins running at a full bin every two to three weeks. Again, when one is full and rested its taken off to the allotment and the contents buried.
We’ve had no problems with anything trying to dig up the Bokashi compost and when we’ve dug up the allotment beds where we’ve buried the Bokashi compost, there’s no sign of anything there at all.
A side benefit for the allotment is that it means I go there once every two weeks or so during the winter months something that wouldn’t otherwise happen.
The biggest benefit as far as we are concerned is that we now have nothing smelly and rotting in the black bin which means that the only things that we are throwing away from the kitchen are plastic bags and wrapping which I think is a benefit both to the overall landfill system and our kitchen in general.
(As a side impact, with the recent introduction of the 5p charge for plastic bags, we found that we didn’t have bags to wrap the smelly stuff from the kitchen. Now we don’t need them and we can re-use our plastic kitchen bin liners a number of times – a triple whammy, reducing the amount of rubbish we throw away still further).
So, Bokashi Composting is something I would recommend to everybody. In eight months we’ve reduced the amount of landfill from our household by about twelve bokashi bins, all of which have gone to improve the ground at the allotment without encouraging vermin; reduced our use of plastic bags still further, altogether a win-win situation.