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White Bag

So far only in Birkirkara, Bormla, Għaxaq, Mdina, Kirkop, Marsaxlokk, Mġarr, Swieqi Ta’ Xbiex and Gozo.

If the white bag is not yet available in your locality and you have a garden, why not try composting?

What happens to my waste?

Organic Waste

During the Pilot Phase of the White bag, organic waste is collected and received at Wasteserv’s facilities for treatment. A waste characterisation is carried out to monitor whether the white bag is being used appropriately. Organic waste is then treated by both mechanical and biological processes to produce renewable energy.

Compost

 Home Composting

Home composting is the controlled decomposition of organic material and a way to return organic materials to the soil. Throughout the process of home composting, organic waste is converted into a dark, crumbly mixture that can be used to improve the soil and reduce the use of fertilizer and water.

Home composting- 5 easy steps

Step one -The compost bin
Purchase or make your own compost bin. The compost bin would have a lid on the top from where organic waste is placed and a small opening at its lower part from where the finished compost may be withdrawn. One may also drill a few holes along the side of the bin for aeration purposes. Ideally the bin is placed directly on the soil or grass which will allow for excess water to drain out and makes it easier for worms to get in and get working on breaking down the contents. If one does not own a garden, then the compost bin may be placed on a tray filled with soil. Best location for the compost bin to be placed is in an area which receives around 5 hours of sunshine since such condition would help in the optimum breakdown of the organic waste.

Step Two – What goes in
Waste that can be included in your compost is divided into Greens and Browns. Greens are quick to rot and they provide important nitrogen and moisture. Browns are slower to rot. They provide fibre and carbon and also allow important air pockets to form in the mixture. Crushed eggshells can be included to add useful minerals.

Step Three – What doesn’t go in
Certain things should never be placed in the compost bin and the list includes – cooked food, meat, fish, bones, dairy products, dog & cat faeces, diseased plants, glossy or coloured paper/cardboard. Putting these in your bin can encourage unwanted pests and can also create odour.

Step Four – Making Good Compost
The key to good compost lies in getting the mix right. One needs to keep the Greens and Browns properly balanced. If the compost is too wet, add more Browns. If it’s too dry, add some Greens. Air is very important to the composting process, so include scrunched up bits of cardboard as a simple way to create air pockets that will help keep your compost healthy. After approximately 6-9 months your finished compost will be ready.

Step Five – Using Your Compost
Finished compost is a dark brown, almost black soil-like layer that you’ll find at the bottom of your bin. It has a spongy texture and is rich in nutrients. Spreading the finished compost into your flowerbeds greatly improves soil quality by helping it retain moisture and suppressing weeds. Composting is definitely the easiest and greenest way to make your garden grow more beautiful.

Check waste collection days in your locality.

Items that should be put in the organic bag:

Bones

Cheese

Coffee

Cooked food leftovers

Dairy products

Egg shells

Eggs

Expired food

Fish

Flowers

Fruit

Fruit and vegetable peels

Fruit and vegetable seeds

Honey

Icing sugar

Leaves

Meat

Pips

Plant trimmings

Raw food

Seeds

Soiled newspapers

Soiled tissues

Sugar

Tea bags

Tea leaves

Vegetables

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