The rules: Deny access to food, habitat and security.
The following comes from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (www.ilsr.org), a national nonprofit organization working to strengthen local economies, and redirect waste into local recycling, composting, and reuse industries. It is reprinted here with permission.
ILSR comes through with yet another killer infographic demonstrating the clear need for source reduction and composting over trashing and burning.
Food Forward is doing the best thing you can with food waste- getting it eaten! Compost what’s left. No landfill or incinerator needed…
It’s been 18 months since I stopped adding to my first compost bin, so now it’s time to test the results.
I’ve been adding absolutely everything to the pile- all food, dead mice, weeds, compost toilet waste, cat waste- and it’s been cooking consistently the whole time. All the toilet material generates plenty of heat, and without it, the pile is quite different.
The lab needs a gallon of the stuff- I thoroughly cleaned my trowel, put on some gloves and got to work.
My main interest is to see if I’ll pass the fecal coliform tests, and I’m also curious how fertile my compost is. Being that the pile is largely toilet material and sawdust, maybe it won’t be thoroughly rich in nutrients? Only one way to find out.
Either way, all this material was kept out of the landfill and stayed right in my yard.
Close the loop!
Taking a stroll around town, I found a spot with some compost toters and decided to take a peek.
40 gallons of wasted salad… doesn’t look that slimy yet, either.
It really makes you think how much food is wasted each day…
Well that was quick- another big tray of worm castings. The yellow bin is what I pulled yesterday, and the blue tub is my main container.
Recently I posted all the contaminants I found in my last batch– this time was much better, but I still missed a few fruit labels.
Quite an improvement over the last batch!
So late this year with cleaning up outside!
Composting is the only outdoor activity I’m prompt with, it seems.
Since I’m about to empty my finished compost pile, I’m going to let these weeds sit a few days and dry out. After that, I’ll be adding to them to my new pile.