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A lesson in composting with Donal O'Leary, of Waste Down, the king of compost!

Today we are chatting to Donal O’ Leary, environmental consultant and composting king!. This is a super informative fun episode that smashes all myths and tricks about home composting! Donal is on a mission to get us all to composting, from complete beginners to people who need a bit of guidance on getting their composting formula right. Everyone can give it a go and it’s a great way to reduce our food waste and play a part in creating a healthier ecosystem! It’s a winner!!!


Donal runs an environmental and food waste consultancy called Waste Down. So in his day to day work, he spends lots of time with school groups, community groups and so on, but he also works commercially with companies who want to compost. He’s recently joined the team at CUSP; Cork Urban Soil Project,  so he will give us an update on that. For regular listeners of our podcast, you may remember the chat we had with Virginia O’Gara, who told us all about that particular project, and how food waste is not waste at all, but an asset! It’s a good listen.


But for the majority of today’s chat, Donal is going to give us the lowdown on how to get to grips with home composting. So think this podcast more as a workshop, because we are looking at how nature provides the blueprint for creating great compost; what are the reasons we should all be doing this in the first place; what are the mistakes that composting newbies make and how can we rectify them?; we look at a few different composting methods including traditional composting bins, wormeries and bokashi, great examples where these systems have been used and if composting became a more integrated part of all our lives, what would that mean for our future?


Here are some useful links and resources to help you on your composting journey.


compostingireland.ie

 

https://stopfoodwaste.ie/resources/composting

 

https://stopfoodwaste.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2017-Compost-Booklet-Web-Version.pdf

 

https://www.antaisce.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=8f851b65-e334-4463-b89e-e302c0175ce9


https://wastedown.com/


https://www.instagram.com/waste_down/

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