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Philly’s Compost Scene Heats Up, Creating Black Gold from Garbage

The December 2011 (#033) issue of Grid Magazine has a lot of great articles focusing on composting…check them out here: http://www.gridphilly.com/digital-edition/

Ironically, I contributed one of few articles in there not pertaining to composting.

Either way, it’s a solid issue so give it a glance!


Greening the Mini Golf Course

While I was looking around to see if anyone had ever written about waste at a mini golf course, I found an article that I was really hoping existed: Greening the Golf Course Greens .  Such a no-brainer:  You’re cutting tons of grass and shrubs all the time, you want some pretty flowers here and there, and do you really need fluorescent green grass?

I haven’t played golf in years.  I used to play occasionally but I preferred the Par 3’s or even better, mini golf.  I always found putting to be the most fun part, and when I went to Myrtle Beach recently, little did I know it was the mini golf capital of…the U.S.?  The world?  Either way, I was psyched.


Right away, I noticed there were trash cans every so often on the mini golf course…why?  What do I need to throw away?  I don’t.  At the end, all I have is a paper score card and possibly a plastic soda bottle.  Return the pencil back to the front desk, don’t throw it away, slacker.

paper towels and scorecards...both compostable.
Paper towels and scorecards...both compostable.

Sadly, I have the lamest photo of this occurrence…it was dark out and the staff was eying me rather strangely as I kept casually trying to take photos of the can’s contents.  All it consisted of was soda bottles, scorecards and an occasional paper towel or tissue…both compostable.  Mini golf courses are a screaming example of zero waste…does anyone know of a place doing this?

Use the compost on your course grounds, or send it out to a commercial composting facility.  Recycle your plastics/glass/aluminum: your patrons want to see that, even if they act like they don’t care.  And that’s it.

OK, one “extreme” thought to minimize stuff even more: Sell drinks at the front in reusable/returnable cups and have your only waste segregation point at the front desk.  Finally, have mini marker boards made with pens attached to them so that you don’t need the score cards.  Those things always blow all over the place anyway.  Any takers?

How Is Compost Rated?

Ever wonder about how compost is rated for quality?  U.S. Composting Council website to the rescue:

Seal of Testing Assurance

I think it’s a pretty safe bet that if you’re looking to purchase compost, look for the U.S. Composting Council seal of certification.  Further, look to buy from a nursery as opposed to a huge retail chain to increase your chance of getting some good stuff.

The Genius of Jean Pain (article)


This guy is the master of thermal composting. You may have heard of him already; but if not, then get in the know.  Extremely inspiring work.  The difference here is that most people don’t have tons (literally) of material to work with for thermal compost.  From utilizing tons of underbrush that he shreds to a specific size of 1″ x 1/16″ slivers, he is able to heat his own water and collect methane to power his house and car.

I highly doubt this guy leaves his work unattended, but I can’t help but think of what the local authorities think about him and his fire risk to the local woodlands!