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Composting at its ugliest…thanks nonetheless!

Today I was eating at this goofy place in the Mission, and of all the composting efforts I’ve seen in the city, this was one of the sadder ones.  Maybe sad isn’t the best word, but more like not as effective as it could be.

I understand that most people don’t spend their days staring at waste receptacles, but this one in particular is pretty hideous.  The rest of the space is this huge, open, bright area with hip and healthy food… then there’s these black and red satanic turds by the door.

Some quick suggestions for more effective compliance, which was not impressive: slightly varied sizes, make the holes different shapes, make the containers each a different color.  Yet another method is using a different color bag…clear, blue and green.  Or even just green for compost.  Plastic sucks regardless, might as well make it slightly more helpful.

Nonetheless, thanks for making composting an option!

Somewhat of a Composting Manifesto…

As my time winds down in the Bay Area, I start to think about what I’m returning home to.

A city that aspires to be the east coast version of San Francisco, and in a few ways is.  Although not nearly as awesome and still has a lot of work to do.

Anyway, if you haven’t googled me out yet, I will say that I work for a super-reputable hospital, one that is in the process of implementing composting.  Obviously, this is my main goal at the moment, and we will succeed.

We’re going to be the first hospital in Philadelphia composting on a ginormous scale, starting with the food prep area and cafeteria, and expanding into restrooms and who knows what else.  My extreme views will have every office space building a worm bin and having ambassadors so that the material is properly handled.

Do any of you out there realize that the healthcare industry totally sucks when it comes to waste generation?  And it’s my lifetime goal to change that, since working at a top hospital and getting them to do the right thing is the way for all hospitals to do the right thing.  If any of my readers are in healthcare, contact me to get yourselves a free consultation and on the right track to reducing waste, saving a ton of money and having fun in the process.

Anyway, composting is possible across the world, no matter how big an institution is, and no matter what lousy excuse you give me.

Make a personal pledge to yourself to make waste reduction a primary focus, and then make it second nature.  I dare you to not find it contagious.  I dare you to dislike it and tell me it’s irrelevant and not a pressing issue.

Take these newfound behavioral changes and implement them at home?  How hard was that?  I know, right?  Christ.  Look at you, doing the right thing and having fun doing it… imagine that.

Off to the Bay…

For the next 10 days, I’ll be hanging out in the Bay Area… I can’t wait to take some pictures of the San Francisco composting program.  And of course, I’ll be taking photos of trash and recycling cans for Tyler Talks Trash.

I find it funny that my favorite part of traveling has become taking pictures of waste receptacles…seriously!  It’s always the first thing that comes to mind when I go somewhere.

I’ve heard really good things about San Francisco’s composting plan…it wouldn’t surprise me if Philadelphia followed suit.  I’ll have to see what I can do…

Debunking the Myth About Composting Citrus Peels

All right, I’m going to keep this short and sweet for you.  I’ve been composting for a long time, and in general I’m not really into the whole scientific side of it.  I’d rather have a general idea and help spread that to the masses…too many details leads to analysis paralysis.

The composting process can be kept to a few simple rules:  3:1 carbon to nitrogen, no meat/dairy/oils, have fun.  Recently, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about whether or not citrus fruit belongs in your compost pile…yes!

I’m not sure how this urban legend really came to fruition, but it’s simply not something to worry about.  It seems the common belief is that it takes longer to decompose, which is technically true, but barely.  A chemical by the name of limonene needs to be chewed by particular bacteria, but as soon as that happens it’s like anything else.  In fact, citrus fruits will heat up your pile quite nicely.

A week ago, I received a gift in the form of a 5 gallon bucket of waste from a juicer.  As you can guess, my pile nearly doubled its temperature as a result of this fruity gift.  What it comes down to is that if you make any reasonable attempt at composting, you’re not going to have any issues with this.

My hunch is that the myth evolved from vermicomposting first, as citrus peels are not a worm’s favorite snack.  Nonetheless, even with worms you can feed them a limited amount of it.  Moral of the story, when it comes to citrus fruit waste, let it rip!

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