Composting 101

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What is composting?

Composting is the process of recycling organic material into a rich soil known as compost.

What organic material can be used to compost? These are just a few items you can compost that you may have never thought of.

  • Dog waste
  • Pet hair
  • Wine gone bad
  • Leather watch bands
  • Wool socks
  • Pencil shavings
  • Toenail clippings, don’t lie I Know you all cut your toenails…
  • Liquid from canned foods
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Melted ice cream
  • Unpaid bill

A list of organic materials that are more common.

  • Egg shells
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Potato peelings
  • Banana peelings
  • Tea bags
  • Paper towels
  • Grass clippings
  • Coffee grounds
  • Dryer lint
  • Dead flowers

Types of Composting: Proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency

  1. On-site Composting is ideal to compost small amounts of organic materials. Yard trimmings and food scraps are most appropriate. This means that the compost produced on site is directly used onsite. This type of composting can be in a vessel or in a pile. 3839b9f7ce987033891b33a830f2be9a
  2. Vermicomposting is basically a worm farm. Red worms in a bin feed on organic material. One pound of mature worms can eat up to half a pound of organic material a day. The size is relatively small and is ideal for apartment dwellers, small offices, or schools. Worms 1
  3. Aerated Windrow Composting is used to process very large masses of organic material, this is suitable for a situation like community collection. This requires the organic material to be put into long rows (windrows) which have to be manually turned to aerate the piles. 20a
  4. Aerated Static Pile Composting is the simplest and most cost-effective to compost large volumes of organic material. It is a giant pile of organic waste to which items such as woodchips and shredded newspapers are added to aerate the pile. It is ideal for farms or landscapers who produce large amounts of yard/grass clippings and other materials such as food scraps and paper products. th6V5V9DNL
  5. In-Vessel Composting is designed to process food waste, manure and bio-solids (several forms of treated sewer sludge). In-Vessel composting uses a method that confines the composting material in a closed vessel. These are large and take up a lot of space and are ideal for large food processing plants. In-vessel-ComposterI hope you learned something new by reading this post, my next post will be about composting in NYC.



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