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Green Cone Food Digester system for composting kitchen waste is very popular, however Cllr Jillian Creasy Co-Chair of Sheffield Green Party and Councillor for Sheffield Central Ward has an alternative suggestion - a home made worm bin.
The Green Cone has two big drawbacks. The first is that is has to be constructed in a sunny garden with well-drained soil, not possible for people for small shady gardens or yards.
The second drawback is that it costs £80 and many councils cannnot afford to subsidise this cost. If you are in this position you can make your own worm bin for much less than this sum.
A worm bin can be made from a plastic dustbin, an upturned sieve, two planks and a shallow dish. The total cost is less than £25. It will take all kitchen waste and rots down so well that it only has to be emptied once a year. The resulting compost can be used in patio tubs or buried in the garden or allotment.
Cllr Creasy said, "I've been using a home made worm bin for several years. It's only suitable for people who are interested in gardening, but unlike the Green Cone, it's very cheap and easy to set up and doesn't require much space."