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Even More Food Scraps! Oh the Horror!

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Even more food scraps!

OK, I promise- last one (for now).

This photo reminds me of one of those Old Tyme Buffet places… it could almost pass as a sloppily organized buffet table shot.

But no, it’s all food that never made it to consumption…

Off to the mountain of dirt, flesh, chlorophyll and cellulose it goes, to be cooked courtesy of the thermophiles down into that critical stuff we need to grow more things to eat.

Food Scraps- Are They Really That Gross?

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Today’s compost toter full of wasted food looks like a nice mix of noodles, tomatoes, chicken fingers and french fries.

Looking at photos like this (or inside compost toters in real life) normally elicits an “ewwwww” or similar.

Is it really, though?

If I put any of this on a plate in nice little portions, you’d probably eat it.

This leads to my main point: Where is the away place where stuff gets thrown?  What’s the difference between materials that are in your hand five seconds prior before they land in a plastic bag in a container labeled “trash” or otherwise?

I look at this and think, “I’m glad this is going to get turned back into fertile soil soon”.

Close the loop, and learn to embrace it.  It’s our only hope.

Cured Compost Bin Nearly Ready to Empty!

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It’s been about a year since I stopped adding to this compost bin and started a new one.

It’ll be interesting to see what all is in here besides finished compost.

I know I added plenty of paper products that most likely had a plastic liner sandwiched in between layers.

There’s also plenty of bags of leaf cleanup dumped in here, so there’s most likely some pieces of litter.

This doesn’t bother me.

The bottom line is I avoided the landfill with a massive portion of organic materials and now I will have some great compost, too.

Vancouver Organics Collection


I’ve never seen cans quite like these… pretty funny!

Based on their disposal at the time, they seemed pretty effective.

I love the food scraps can… it made me realize that labeling a compost receptacle in a public place as “food scraps” must be the best way.

When you see the word “Organics” or “Compost”, that means you have to know what that means in order to do as requested.

Isn’t compost poop?  Organic food?  I don’t have time for this; I’m just throwing everything over here.  We all know someone like this.

With “food scraps”, you simply know what that means.  Further, with so many disposable plastic-lined paper products ruining compost everywhere, this might help keep them out of the stream.

The trash can having a lid vs the other two sporting openings seems like a cool way to discourage trash, until someone has actual trash in their hand and they’re too grossed out to touch the lid.

All in all, this setup is awesome and it really nails it in terms of simplicity, color coding, differing cutouts, proper labeling and huge pictures.

What do you think?


Composting in a backyard bin at City Farmer

This video really makes me like my trash can composter!

The Earth Machines are cool, but where’s the ventilation on the sides?

I’m tempted to mock the thing by cutting out a door and adding a hinge at the bottom of my trash can, but why bother?

I’m really enjoying doing as little as possible to get the composting right.

Rat traps???

Something’s wrong here.  No need to worry about rats if you’re covering every single food scrap deposit with a fresh layer of brown materials.

Either way, I’m glad Vancouver is composting!

Philadelphia is Close to Mandating Composting for Restaurants


Although it’s been known for a few weeks, I wanted to bring up what’s going on here in Philadelphia.

Up to now, the City had no real incentives set up for businesses to compost, nor do they provide curbside compost collection.

In Philadelphia, all commercial establishments must pay a fee every year for their trash dumpster and recycling dumpster.  The recycling is cheaper than the trash dumpster.

The idea is to have a composting option available, which will hopefully cut back on the amount of organics being thrown in the trash.

This bill focuses on just restaurants…ideally it will expand to include coffee shops, pizza shops, and really anywhere serving food.

Done right, numerous businesses should practically be able to either recycle or compost almost all of their waste.

Let’s hope the mayor signs the bill.

The 3 or 4 compost services in Philadelphia must be getting pretty excited about this.