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Jakarta Post

Composting gains popularity amid COVID-19

  • Sebastian Partogi


Jakarta   /   Tue, September 8 2020   /  07:48 am
Green thumb: Using homemade compost on your garden at home helps contribute to environmental protection. By composting at home, not only can you reduce pollution, but also your carbon footprint.(Shutterstock/Singkham)

Taking up a new hobby upon moving to a new house during the COVID-19 pandemic, Corry Elyda, a 34-year-old professional living in South Tangerang, Banten, decided to become an urban farmer in April 2020. Realizing just how environmentally-unfriendly chemical fertilizers are, in June this year, she decided to take a composting workshop to learn how to make her own organic fertilizer. The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines compost as a mixture of largely decayed organic matter than can be used to fertilize and condition land. Urban farmers use their organic household waste, ranging from food waste like remnants of vegetables, fruit skin and fish bones to fallen leaves to make compost to fertilize their homegrown vegetables, typically water spinach. Urban composting has gained so much in popularity that in late July, an organization called Kota Tanpa Sampah (City Without ...