Can I Compost Meat?

You’ve got your compost pile going. All those fruits and vegetable scraps are
coming to your compost bin. You’re loving it. It’s working. And you start to wonder what about that mystery casserole I found
at the back of the fridge kind of moldy. When are those bones that are left over from making
chicken stock? I hate to throw those in the garbage. Can I compost me? Can I compost? dairy? Yes, you definitely can. And in this video, we’re going to talk about
how to compost meat and dairy without the state without any kind of mess or worry about
pets. Hi, I’m Amy landers with gardens that matter. com where we help families create beautiful
bountiful gardens to gather in part of having a garden is composting all of the organic
waste so that you can build great soil and have a really sustainable home. So let’s talk about how we’re going to be
able to compost meat and dairy safely. To do this, you’re going to need three things. The first one is a large man you’re going
to want to then that is about three feet by three feet by three feet. What this does is it lets you build up enough
mass that your compost pile is going to be one that is hot, you want to have a hot compost
pile. If you’re doing theory, meat, animal products,
maneuvers are going to fall into this category too, because that heat is what’s going to
make sure that you don’t have pathogen risks from the materials that you’re putting in
there. Now what if you use a worm bin of Bernie compost
bin or a tumbler or a smaller accomplishment Does that mean you are out of luck and you
can’t compost meat and dairy? Well, I would definitely use caution before
add it to one of those smaller systems because it can overwhelm it really quickly. But what you can do is look at adding a book,
Kashi bucket of Akashi back it uses anaerobic decomposition, it uses anaerobic microbes,
so they don’t need air they’re not doing hot thermo Philip composting of Akashi organism
they’re going to break down that meet that dairy, all of that can go into Bakowski bucket
and it fits inside under yourself or in a garage in a smaller system. Now if you have the bigger system and you’ve
got outside piles, you’ve got wire Benz or wooden pallets, then yes, we can put the meat
in there. But there’s a couple more things we’re going
to want to do. The second requirement is that you need to
be at least 200 feet away from water. You don’t want to have your compost bin right
next to the stream, especially if you’re going to put any kind of meat in it. Anything that kind of seeps out could enter
the water supply. Not a good idea. So now you’ve got a large been at least three
feet around, you’ve got it at least 200 feet away from water. The third thing you’re going to need is plenty
of dry brown material. Leaves are great for this wood chips are great
for this. You can also use things like shredded paper,
you can even if you’re really low on these Dr. Brown materials. You can purchase something like pine straw
or straw from the feed store. You do want to make sure that any straw you
bring onto your property is non sprayed because there’s some persistent herbicides. We’ll talk about that in another video. But there’s persistent herbicides you want
to watch out for. So if you’re going to bring straw in, make
sure it’s an sprayed stroke. Now, why do you need all these Dr. Brown’s,
you’re going to use them as your bio filter your biological filter, we want to have at
least 18 inches of material, Dr. Brown material or compost that’s already at work 18 inches
deep. Before we start putting any meat in the pile
that’s going to help us make sure that anything that drops down out of this meat or dairy
as its decomposing it’s going to be absorbed and broken down before it has a chance to
leach out of our compost pile. Now once you have that 18 inch layer, you
know that that’s going to be safe to go in. You’re going to also use a nice thick layer
on top that’s going to be your filter for any kind of smells that might be coming off
of your meat or dairy, you’re just going to dig down into the center
of your pile. This is where it’s going to be the most active,
it’s gonna be the hottest so you’ve got a nice depression. And then you’re going to put that meat or
dairy right in there. And then you’re going to cover it up. You want to have a few inches of material, what am I going to do and then you’re going
to cover it up, you want to make sure you have probably six to eight inches on top of
it. If there’s a lot of pests where you live,
you’re going to want to cover it with something a piece of tin or an enclosed been would be
ideal if you’re really worried about something like raccoons or bears or dogs digging down
in there. But with this Dr. Brown material, we have
a nice bio filters in the center it’s going to be decomposing and when I have more I can
come back and dig another hole not quite so deep, maybe a little bit to the side. Add my by animal products. Go ahead and mix it with some of those Dr.
Brown’s covered again and keep going. Now at the end of this process. When this compost pile is ready, some of those
bones might still be there. So at that point, you have the choice to either
sip those out, put them through the compost again, or just add them to the garden. They’ll continue to break down in the garden. Now, you know, you can put meat and bones
and dairy into your compost file. As long as you make those three requirements. You’re gonna want to have a large pile at
least three feet around, you’re going to want to be 200 feet from water, and you’re going
to want to have plenty of those dry course ground materials to serve as your biological
filter. Do you have more questions about what you
can and can’t compost or about composting in general? Well, we’ve made it easy for you in the description
for this video, you’ll find links to our website gardens that matter calm one of them is going
to take you to a spot where you can sign up for the ins and outs of composting. This is a quick reference you can print to
make it easy to know what can and can’t go in the compost. You can also ask your own question about composting
or gardening for me to answer in a future video. Thank you so much for watching today. If you want more garden goodness, be sure
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in composting, I’d love for you to share this video with them until I see you again. Happy Gardening.

4 thoughts on “Can I Compost Meat?

  1. I've been throwing meat and dairy into my compost for years never had any issues with pests or bad smells. as u said as long as there is plenty of dry brown material that will absorb any smell it isn't an issue. I'm in Australia so we don't have bears or raccoons to worry about!! by the way good video. 👍👍

  2. Is it hard to compost during winter? I'm still planning, but if I leave my compost bin in the garage everything will freeze.

  3. I'm surprised this doesn't have more views. More young people and younger generations like us need to be conscious about it.Wasting food is bad, at least feed it to the plants!

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