Thick layer of white mould ok?

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Evelyn asked 3 years ago

Hi! One my my bins has been full of food scraps for 3 months. I haven’t been able to empty it as I don’t have a garden, and I haven’t been allowed to take it to anyone else because of our covid lockdown. I’ve been decanting the liquid every few days, and it still looks and smells good. However there is a thick layer of white mould on the top of the food scraps. I know white mould is good, but is it still good to have such a thick layer? Very much hoping I can still give the scraps to someone for their garden!

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Nicki Casley Staff answered 3 years ago

If you don’t see dark color molds (blue, green, black), then you should still be good!  Dark molds are signs of rotting, which we don’t want with any composting.  Waiting longer like this is usually ok, so long as you drain the tea regularly enough that it doesn’t come in contact with the food at the bottom of the bin.  The excessive white mold you see is normal, and not a cause for concern.

Evelyn answered 3 years ago

Great, thank you, Nick! Presuming the answer to my next question is ‘yes’, but is it ok to bury all this mould with the food scraps? Thanks again for all of your help 🙂

Nick Kiss answered 3 years ago

Yes the white mold is actually a type of fungi, and is healthy for the garden soil structure.

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