Bokashi – and the Art of Apartment Waste Composting

So you are living in one of the many apartments that have been thrown up by builders across Ireland

Like me

You recycle the paper and plastic, but you also want to reduce the amount you are adding to the landfill.

Like me  

Builders should have put in some compost heap with the bin sheds – but of course they didn’t.

So I bought a Bokashi composting system.  Two 17 litre buckets designed to be used in rotation – two weeks worth of kitchen waste – cooked and uncooked, layered with some wheatgerm infused with some bacteria to accelerate the fermentation process.

Yes the wheatgerm did seem to keep down the smells and all was well.  My problem is what to do with it after its spent two weeks being filled up and then two weeks sitting.  The pamphlet suggests digging it into the soil.  Problem is the no garden which inspired me to buy it in the first place.

I rang Wicklow Country Council,  (I’m based in Bray).  Unfortunately they have no where one could bring this ‘brown waste’.

So the question is – does anyone know if Dublin County Council have a spot for this?

Or does anyone have any bright suggestions ?

– aside from going into the Woods and digging it in – risking suspicion of body burying or something




8 Responses to Bokashi – and the Art of Apartment Waste Composting

  1. abbie says:

    Hi! i know someone that uses a bokashi comoster and they garden out of pots/containers on their veranda. Maybe you could start a garden that way?
    you could post it for sale or give it to a friend with a garden as well?

    I dont really know what to say about it. it must be frusterating for sure.
    good luck

  2. D S Foxx says:

    Wondering if you ever did find a reasonable solution… I’ve just started using bokashi buckets (Austin, TX, USA) though, like you, I’ve no outdoor compost pile/bin for after. At least for the first few buckets, I’m planning on layering the cured bokashi between potting soil in large planters, but after that? So far, my best idea is to try “bag composting” the fermented bokashi over the winter, then donating whatever finished compost I have left over after spring planting, but I don’t actually know (yet)if that will work–and it does require non-freezing temperatures, so it would probably only work for you in the summer, if at all.

    Though if you decide to try it, I’d love to know how it goes!

    Best of luck,


  3. jennifer says:

    If you have no garden why not give the Bokashi Compost to a friend or relative that will use it.
    Or you could use your Bokashi Compost in potted plants in your apartment.
    Every 2-3 days, you are ment to drain the liquid off from the bottom of the bin – this can be diluted down (1:100) and used to feed plants or poured down drains to clear pipes and let the bacteria, yeasts and fungi get to work and stop nasty odours.
    Alternatively you could bag the Bokashi Compost and add the waste to your normal bin collection waste (the waste has reduced in size and weight )and once in the landfill the it will continue to breakdown.

  4. bokashibill says:

    This is a bit late, but if you’re still trying, look for an unkempt garden, and see if the owner’d be willing to let you use it in return for some of the produce. Otherwise, you might have luck freecycling the waste. Or if you have space for a worm-bin, feed the bokashi to the worms, and freecycle the casts.

  5. Bokashi says:

    I completely understand your situation, since I’m in it myself as well. I also live in an apartment and wanted to reduce my kitchen waste that was going to landfill. Therefore I bought the Bokashi bin and it is really satisfying to see the results!

  6. vernon says:

    Have a look at There’s an article about bokashi and “making soil” on your apartmet balcony. Doing it myself and it works wonders.

  7. sheds says:

    Thanks , I have just been searching for information about this topic for a while and yours is the best I have found out till now. However, what about the conclusion? Are you positive about the source?|What i don’t realize is in fact how you’re not really a lot more neatly-favored than you may be now. You are very intelligent.

  8. Taylor says:

    I have been doing bokashi composting since November and I live in an apartment. I “bury” my fermented bokashi compost in a 40 gallon tub, layering it with soil. I put the lid on and once a week I use a shovel and turn it.
    Keep it out of direct sunlight and it should smell!

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