Pros and Cons of EMO Composting

EMO composting with a Bokashi Bucket

Pros and Cons of EMO composting discusses the method of Bokashi composting using EMO’s (Effective Micro Organisms)

This system requires only one of the composting elements listed in 8 Composting Methods; this is the addition of the EMO’s (Effective Micro-Organisms) and a closed method of composting.
The pros and cons are intermingled because what might be a pro to one person is a con to someone else. Bokashi is the standard system for EMO composting.
Like the other systems it too has its own different challenges.

EMO Composting Requires:

  • Monitoring
  • Emptying
  • Burying
  • Or disposal in the council bin – negating the purpose of composting
  • You can take it to your local community garden for composting
  • It requires Effective Micro-Organisms (EMO’s for fermentation / decomposition )
  • Juice needs collecting, but this is great for your plants
  • Oil, water, milk, juice or bones should not be added, though recently the company says you can add these
  • Once you fill it you have to let it sit until it has all decomposed.  Therefore…
  • You need two, so while one is decomposing you fill up the other one.  This might be an issue in a unit but it all depends on how much space you have.
  • Waste is acidic when first buried and can’t be placed close to plants because it might burn the roots of the plants.
  • The waste in the garden takes 7 to 10 days to neutralize.  This is not an issue if you bury the waste in an appropriate place
  • You must ensure the lid is closed while it is decomposing or it attracts insects
  • If it is not closed properly it can cause a problem with bugs inside the house
  • The process is not super fast as it relies on Bacteria only to break down the waste
  • It takes up space in your kitchen or shed or on your balcony. Not a big deal if you have space
  • It requires a new hole to be dug each time it is emptied
  • It is however great for unit owners but where do they put the waste once decomposed?  Do you send it off to council tips or bury it in the community gardens of the unit complex.
  • I say get a Compot to compliment the Bokashi.  This way you only have one hole to dig to fill with your fresh Bokashi waste.  Move the pot around the garden every 6 months to a year so you don’t have to dig as many holes as you did before.   Or have several eco-eze Compots spread around the garden so you don’t have to keep digging holes. The best of both worlds and you can use the Compot to fill with all the scraps that you can’t put in the Bokashi.

So the Bokashi is great for units and great if you compliment it with a Compot. But on its own…..

  • You have to keep digging holes
  • You can’t dispose of ALL your kitchen waste
  • You can’t collect compost and use it somewhere else.
  • It is slow to decompose as soon as you cover it with dirt.

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