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Questions tagged [composting]

the process of creating compost: organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. For composting with worms see [vermicomposting], for anaerobic composting with microorganisms see [bokashi]

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Is the Food Cycler a good option for composting?

I do not have time to do a good job composting so the "Food Cycler Platinum Indoor Food Recycler" seems like a good idea despite its price. Does it release CO2 or methane? Does it consume so much ...
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Can i use expired can goods in my cut grass to make mulch

Just want to know is it safe to use expired can goods for compost making, examples: Diced tomatoe,evaporated milk,turkey gravy,different Campbell soups,can pumpkin,coffee
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What function does hanging a compost bin serve?

I just came across a school project to build a hanging compost bin: Lakeview Compost Bin. The benefits of composting have been a frequent topic here, but I'm wondering what purpose is served by ...
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What alternative to composting is there to manage organic waste at home?

Organic waste (cooked food waste, uncooked food waste and garden waste) can usually be used productively in composting. However, in Kathmandu, where I am trying to find domestic solutions for organic ...
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Are my compost piles adding CO2 to the atmosphere by offgassing?

I make several compost piles, flip them regularly, add some additives and apply them to my crops. I often cover the piles when its rainy, will this affect the offgassing? Some of my neighbors apply ...
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How to get rid of fruit fly infestation in worm composting bin?

My worm composting bin is infested with fruit flies. What can be done to get rid of the flies?
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Which is best for dealing with food waste — composting or a biogas digester?

Let's say I have the option to send my food scraps to either a composting site, or a biogas digester. Both are industrial scale, following best practices. The output from each is high quality and ...
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I throw compostable food into trash — how much harm do I cause?

I live in a city that doesn't have composting facilities that ordinary citizens like myself could easily use. Although I recycle most of the plastic, metal, glass and paper I lay my hands on, getting ...
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Composting toilet v/s urine-diverting dry toilet (UDDT)

An UDDT seems to be the most environmentally friendly alternative, but for some contexts, a composting toilet might seem preferable (like rentals, or camping sites where people don't always remember ...
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Heating water with compost

We've been experimenting this year with hot composting, and are now looking at how we can go about using the heat generated in the pile to heat water, either to use directly or to pump around as ...
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Impact of ash from barbecue on compost heap

I wonder of the impact ash (probably combined with still existing coal) might have to compost. I know that coal is used to clean water and air. But does it improve compost or does it reduce activities ...
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Any problem with storing compost in a sealed container for several weeks? Alternatives?

I live in a second floor apartment with a small balcony. In my kitchen I have a small vented container where I place kitchen scraps as I'm preparing food -- like this: About once a week when this ...
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Is hot composted material still beneficial to worms, or have the worm suitable nutrients already been consumed?

I have a sealed tumbler compost bin because I read that the high heat can help neutralize seeds from weed cast offs, that said I've also been considering the benefits of vermicomposting. As I pay more ...
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What isn't recyclable or compostable?

My community has single-bin recycling. Most consumer-level metal, plastic, and paper can go in there to be sorted at a recycling center. They don't take plastic grocery bags, cellophane, paper towels, ...
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When is a compost considered safe if it contains restricted animal material?

If a compost contains RAM(restricted animal material), what are the indicators one should look at in order to determine whether it is safe for pasture use.
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What packaging should I use to ship vermicompost to customers

I know that vermicompost needs to "breathe" as it has living matter within. I've tried in vain to find out what material I should use for packaging, as I need to ship (by truck, up to 1500 km, in a ...
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Can I recycle waxy cardboard (in Greater Vancouver)?

Does anyone know what to do with these containers? Even though some of them are labelled "#3 Please recycle this container" I'm quite sure they can't be put with mixed paper or cardboard recycling ...
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Composting bones in a worm bin

I have a composting worm farm and would like a definitive answer, as what I've read so far is confusing. When adding scraps of dog bones from beef or lamb, or inedible (for small dog breeds) chicken ...
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Does Sawdust for Humanure/Composting Toilet need to be Powder?

First timer here, just getting into homesteading. I bought a pack of sawdust from Tractor Supply the other night. Finest variety they had. Fine premium pine shavings: This looks like very thin pine ...
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How deep should my bedding be in my bucket vermicomposter?

I plan to set up my first vermi-composting system using red wigglers in my garage, modeled after the one shown by YouTuber Larry Hall (video link). One minor difference is that I'll use two 5-gallon (...
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How to recycle almond shells?

I have seen this related question - but it was about the almond peels and not their shells: How do I recycle these? My relatives advised me to burn it all up, as it drives away mosquitoes[citation ...
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How to test whether a teabag has polyester fibres or not, without waiting for it to compost?

Some teabags are made (or partially made) of polyester fibres, and stay intact in compost after everything else has broken down. Is there a quick way to test whether a teabag contains polyester, as ...
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Dealing with bugs in compost

My community compost pile is incredibly buggy. It's a ~30 gallon bucket, with a closed lid and ventilation holes. It has hundreds of flying bugs swarming in it. As soon as the lid is open they're ...
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Why shouldn't meat be placed in my compost pile?

I've heard claims that it is a bad idea to place meat in your compost pile. What is the reason for this? I'd like to be able to compost all my table scraps to reduce my waste stream, however, if ...
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Can solid dog waste be safely added to a backyard composting heap?

My dog poops in my backyard and the poop is either a) forgotten or b) picked up in a biodegradable bag and thrown in the trash which is ultimately incinerated for electricity by my municipality. Both ...
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How to construct a composting toilet

I want to built a composting toilet. What are the main construction aspects to be considered? Does anyone have a manual to share? I am especially interested in construction schemes which include the ...
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Is it better to recycle or compost brown paper bags?

When you go to the grocery store, you may get brown paper bags. These can be readily recycled, however, they could also be composted. I would think that recycling requires energy, whereas composting ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to agitate/rotate a compost bin?

I live in a small apartment with limited space (there is a small outdoor patio). I want to start using a compost bin, but all the models I've found are quite large and seem to include mechanisms for ...
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Getting rid of immature windfallen apples

What are the (easiest) sustainable ways of getting rid of immature (windfallen) apples? Is it OK to put them into a compost? What part of compost can they make? Is it good to crush them before ...
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What's the most sustainable way to re-use or dispose of meat scraps?

Given that you shouldn't put leftovers of meals that has touched meat in compost bins due to the risk of attracting vermin, what is the most sustainable way to deal with these scraps?
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Composting used white shredded paper

I happen to have a lot of white used paper (with black ink on it, either from a printer or a pen), and also a very wet compost bin (I guess it's because my soil is heavy clay and the drainage is quite ...
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Worm Bin Health

This is my first post on the Sustainable Living stack exchange, which I did not know existed. I am extremely excited to become an active member on this exchange, because I try to live as sustainable ...
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Will small quantities of soap in my compost cause problems?

After I get done washing the dishes there is often a decent collection of food scraps in the drain trap -- perhaps a few tablespoons worth. This is, of course, mixed in with some soap suds. If I put ...
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Is it feasible to compost in an apartment in a city like New York?

I would like to start composting but live in New York City and have no yard area. Is it feasible to try composting on my very small outdoor porch balcony area (6 feet x 3 feet)? The porch is shaded ...
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Can I compost vegetable oil?

I have a quart (0.9 liter) of vegetable oil, and was wanting to get rid of it. I know you're not supposed to pour it down the drain, and was thinking that if I put it in the compost bin I would be ...
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What commercially printed paper is safe to compost?

I like adding carbon to the scraps I compost by mixing in some shredded newspaper and Yellow/White Pages books (bot not glossy magazines). What should I check for to make sure I am not adding ...
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How difficult is it to build your own dry, self-composting toilet?

I live in the country and have space on the north-side of my house where it doesn't get too hot in the summer. I think this could be a good place to implant a water-less or dry toilet. I read here ...
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In terms of usefulness for compost, what are good alternatives to keeping chickens?

My city's policies on keeping chickens makes it difficult to use them for their composting abilities. I'm looking for alternatives. By my understanding, chickens can take insects and weeds (two major ...
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What is the environmental impact of toilet paper processed at a water treatment plant?

After toilet paper is flushed down a toilet and it goes to a water treatment plant, what happens next? Does it decompose, if so what gasses are released? Is the carbon sequestered in any significant ...
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About the hygiene of my organic trash can/rubbish bin

At our apartment, we keep a small trash can devoted to organic waste. When it is full, which takes a week or so, we empty it in a compost container near our street. My question is, how often should ...
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How is compostable plastic recycled/composted industrially?

I know that you need industrial facilities to compost compostable plastics within a reasonable timeframe. But how does this process work exactly? How long does it take? Is it simply a matter of doing ...
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What to do with expired food?

When I last visited my grandmother I found a couple of expired cans of peaches. Given that they should have been consumed three years ago I don't think it's safe to eat them. I was thinking about ...
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How can I detect leachate from a compost pile?

It's possible that a compost pile will leach in to the ground, possibly contaminating groundwater and nearby wells. If you're composting human or animal manure, the risk is greater, as is the concern ...
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Ants and Compost

My community compost pile is now home to a very active ant's nest. As soon as any food goes on the pile, the ants are swarming over it. Is it anything to worry about, or are the ants a healthy ...
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Does bokashi bran expire?

We've bought a house and found half a large tub of bokashi bran in the basement. This puzzled us a while as we'd never heard of the process, but a little Googling enlightened us. We've also got some ...
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Why should I compost?

I've seen a number of question about composting here. Five, if the composting tag is a good way to measure. In my sustainability efforts (no car, no meat, no flying) I've never really considered ...
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Legalities of compost toilets [duplicate]

Is there any compost toilet that is legal for new construction? Assuming the answer is no, will there ever be?
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Compost in the sun or shade?

Is it better to have my compost pile in the sun, or in the shade? I have space on the north and south walls of my house, and want to know which would be a wiser place for the pile.
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How much liquid is produced when composting?

Composting is a great way of turning common wastes into a usable product. The compost should be wet enough to allow the composting process to happen. But when composting wet wastes there is some ...
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How will using leaves as toilet paper affect the composting of my toilet?

My bathroom is surrounded by a fuzzy leafed species, planted specifically for this purpose, I imagine. Many people I talk to around here can still vividly remember before toilet paper. I have yet to ...