Mika lives in Inner West Sydney. When she moved to an apartment, she had to rethink her values. She joined ShareWaste a couple months ago and reached out to us to share her experience with urban composting in a big city. Here's her story.
Before I moved to an apartment, I lived in a number of Sydney Inner West houses with a backyard. I always had a worm farm or a compost bin. When my housemate wasn't interested in setting up a compost, I placed a plastic bucket with a broken bottom behind a shrub and used it as my personal compost bin. The content just organically reduced its volume and disappeared into the garden soil.
In my new sunny, top-floor apartment, I immediately got into trouble. My kitchen bin got full of veggie scraps and it attracted fruit flies. My little balcony was too sunny to set up a worm farm and once I got used to placing recyclable materials into the recycling bin, I just couldn't stand putting the fruit and veggie scraps in the normal rubbish bin any more.
I received a friendly reply
In desperation I yelled out for information on the local community Facebook page where I learnt about ShareWaste. After a few clicks, I sent a hesitant message to Ann, who has a compost and lives in a walking distance from my place.
I received a friendly reply from her and in a few days I turned up at her doorstep with a bucket of scraps in my hand. We had a brief chat about my experience with composting, how I miss it, how I'm excited to discover this community movement - and meeting another like-minded person. How cool is that!
Ann reminded me of the rules of her compost - which was basically the same as when I was composting. More than anything, I was sincerely touched by her gesture to trust me as a fellow community member and to let me into her backyard.
It's become my weekend ritual to have a 15 minutes return walk to feed the earth
Our arrangement is simple – I just text her in advance to let her know that I am coming over. There is no fixed time window like some schools or community garden have. I rarely dump fruit and veggie scraps in the rubbish since then. It has become my weekend ritual to have a 15-minutes return walk to feed the earth.
I feel very grateful to have the ShareWaste community to support my valued and I hope it will grow and bring more people closer together.
Thanks so much Mika!