While TED talks mostly make me cringe, this one explains composting pretty well.
To be clear, he owns an anaerobic digester and that puts his presentation in a light I don’t fully agree with, but if you put that aside it’s worth watching.
The initial pitch is spot on up until about 6 minutes when he goes pro-burn while taking a dig at solar and wind…super lame.
It’s best to view composting as avoiding the landfill, cutting emission, and replenishing soil- the energy talk is nice, but it’s not the job for anaerobic digestion.
That being said, the reality is that this model is expanding, and I’m not opposed to it entirely- outdoor aerobic piles can be difficult to manage when their daily allowance is several hundred tons per day and the inputs aren’t being screened properly.
Our efforts must focus on everyone composting at home for the best results- no trucks, no burning, and immediate use of the finished compost at home and in the community.
Don’t get me wrong- whatever it takes to get organics out of the landfill is great…but I encourage everyone to learn how to compost at home and leave anaerobic digestion facilities for the large quantity generators.
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council has the best short videos for teaching composting.
Not sure what to do with finished compost? This quick video will help.
The best coffee I’ve had in awhile came from A New Leaf in Lake Placid, NY…here’s why:
Pasta used as a coffee stirrer!
Forget sketchy bioplastics and wood options… this nails it.
Methane and less soil available or compost for more broccoli?
Composting your pet is the most responsible way to return them to the Earth… think about it.
It’s the Fall season, and it’s time to start gathering all the leaves you can- it’s your fuel to keep your compost pile going through the winter when it goes below freezing.
I’ve been doing this a long time, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m unaware of some common questions people may have about composting.
Is it simply getting started? Unsure of what you can compost? When to compost? Where to compost?
Let me know what you’d like to learn more about, and I’ll try my best to help you out.