Hierarchy to Reduce Waste & Grow Community (ILSR infographic)

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.

It’s Time for Testing!

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!

More Worm Castings, Less Contaminants

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!


Learn how to make composting a breeze! Free course and new e-book are now available.