Once you actively begin to create compost in a compost bin outside, one thing you often begin to do is collect kitchen scraps inside. Eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit scraps and vegetable scraps are ideal composting ingredients to add to your compost bin. These kitchen scraps are “green materials” that add nitrogen to compost. As you save scraps, like orange peels and banana peels, it will soon become habit to toss them in a bucket instead of throwing them in the garbage can.
Collect your orange peels and other kitchen scraps in a bucket, instead of discarding these items into the trash. Keep the bucket covered to minimize odors and insects.
Empty the bucket with the orange peels and other kitchen scraps into the compost bin two or three times per week. Pour the contents of the bucket onto the top of the compost bin.
Add a layer of brown ingredients immediately after adding the green layer of kitchen scraps. Add five to eight times more brown ingredients than green ingredients. For example, if you added 2 inches of kitchen scraps, add at least 10 inches of brown ingredients.