Is there a way to go green and recycle in a sustainable manner, and be conscious of the environment?

There is! It's called composting, either by use of heat or the inclusion of worms, a natural process that converts organic, biodegradable material, such as food scraps, yard trimmings and paper products, just to name a few, into a dark rich soil conditioner.​

​There's aerobic and anaerobic methods, but we're going to focus on aerobic here for the moment.

Is it a lot of work? How long might it take to produce finished compost?

  • Standard method will require building and mixing various organic material weekly; this method can take 4 to 8 months depending on the season
  • ​Slow method requires very little of your time due to a limited supply of organic material to add, leaving the process to happen at a slower pace; this method can take from a year to two years
  • ​Fast method will require constant monitoring of the system to make sure conditions are ideal, i.e. frequent mixing of organic material and ideal temperatures (100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • ​The vermicomposting method involves the worms turning, mixing and aerating the organic material all the while digesting up to half of their body weight in a day and leaving a beautiful, rich black soil.

What can and cannot be composted?

All organic material can be composted, but to avoid unwanted guest we recommend the following:

  • ​Include plant cuttings (disease free), fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves and bark, non-gloss newspapers and magazines and wood chips
  • ​Avoid animal feces, fats, oils, meats, bones and dairy products

How does composting work?

In short, microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, bugs and insects (decomposers) produce carbon dioxide, heat, and moisture as they work together break down the organic material that results in an odor free, rich, dark soil.​ Or the element of heat transfer can be reduced or eliminated to include worms that will consume & digest the organic material, with the help of the previous mentioned players. We all work together.

Why should we compost?

  • To convert organic, biodegradable material into a rich soil conditioner for healthier plants, trees, shrubs, gardens, and lawns.
  • ​To be an educational program for all ages that illustrates the essence of sustainability, cycle of life and importance of the soil for a healthier environment.
  • ​Divert reusable waste that would normally be thrown away and end up buried in your local landfill, or incinerated.

Will the composting process smell?

No, as long as the system is maintained properly by keeping a proper balance of food scraps, bulking material (paper products, wood chips, or leaves), moisture, and oxygen. Worms, on the other hand, can consume up to half their body weight in a day, and the great thing about it is that they work around the clock, thus reducing any foul odor.