How bokashi works

Bokashi is used as a food waste treatment. It is wheaten-bran that has been brewed with effective microorganisms (EM). EM® is a beneficial relationship of microbes including yeast, lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus) and phototropic microbes. The yeast and lactic acid bacteria take care of the fermentation process. This stops the food scraps from rotting and smelling. The phototropic microbes assist with the combining of carbon and nitrogen in the composting process. The Carbon element in composting is garden waste while the Nitrogen element is food waste.

What happens to food waste at landfill?

If kitchen scraps do not have a food waste treatment, they putrefy or rot. At a landfill site, organic waste is trapped during this decomposition stage under other waste streams. This generates methane gas that is 84 times more harmful than CO2 over a 20 year period. This makes food waste the third largest contributor to global warming. Food waste also releases liquids known as leachates. This liquid has pathogens. Leachates seep into ground water contaminating it.

Why is it good to treat food waste with Bokashi Bran®?

If you treat food waste with Bokashi Bran®, it enables organic waste diversion from landfill. It also allows you to compost cooked food, meat products and dairy safely. In addition, if you treat food waste with Bokashi Bran®, it not only eliminates odours, but also speeds up the process of making compost.

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