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The Keys to a Great Compost

This informative eBook demonstrates the best ways to compost in order to improve your garden, make your vegetables and fruits taste better, and help save the soil and the environment. Over 20% of landfills are simply kitchen waste that could easily be recycled Why waste what you already produce? You have an easy source of organic health for your own garden at home, without having to spend large amounts of money in order to make really healthy soil. With today's composting technology, you can compost as much as suits your needs! If that is a little compost for a small home garden or a large plot that you grow food for your family or business, composting will be an easy and cheap way to improve the quality of your soil and thus your vegetables as well! This guide shows you every method of composting; from free methods you can do with no extra money all the way to elaborate by easy to set up composting rigs. Improve the environment, and get better tasting food!

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Worlds Best Compost

What you'll discover in The Worlds Best Compost e-book: The method of feeding plants in a totally natural way that results in the tastiest, most divine food you and your family will ever have. Why youll use much less water in your garden using colloidal humus compost (and how youll be saving time, money, effort and even the environment!) The secret to healthy soil through massive microbial action. (If you could see these microscopic guys at work there's more action than a Schwarzenegger movie on crack!) The shameful, sheep mentality almost all agriculture and garden advisors suffer from that costs you time and money using dangerous, toxic gardening and horticulture practices (and is murdering our planet in the process!) How to develop a soil that. More here...

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Author: Rod Turner
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Building a compost pile

This simple recipe for making a compost pile should produce ready-to-use compost in a few months. 4. Inoculate a new pile, if desired, by sprinkling a small amount of topsoil or compost between layers. Some composters believe this speeds the process by seeding the new pile with decomposing organisms. 5. Monitor moisture content test by feeling a handful of compost and squeezing it as you would a sponge. It should feel moist without yielding more than a few drops of liquid. If the pile is too wet, turn it to allow air in and improve drainage. If the pile is too dry, water it and turn it. 6. Periodically check the temperature in the pile's interior. A compost thermometer is helpful, but you can estimate the temperature by touch. It should peak between 120 and 160 F (hot to the touch). When the temperature begins to drop, turn the pile and rotate materials from the outer and top parts of the pile toward the base and middle move the more composted middle part to the outer part of the...

Choose a composting method

Set-ups for a compost pile range from simple to elaborate. Basic compost heap Simply pile and mix the compost materials on the ground. Cover the pile when it rains to prevent it from getting too wet or losing nutrients to leaching. Turn the heap regularly (every week or two). Building the pile over a layer of scrap plastic pipes drilled with holes allows for air penetration from below and reduces the need for turning. Compost pit Pits are ideal for composting materials consisting mostly of food scraps. Dig a hole in the ground, add the materials, mix with soil in the hole, and refill the hole with at least 8 inches of soil. Fallow areas of your garden are good places for compost pits. Holding units Bins help to contain the compost heap, keep it out of sight, and can make it easier to turn. They can be made of concrete blocks, wire mesh, or wood (although wood may lead to termite problems). If the bin is a movable type, it can be lifted from the pile and placed next to it when it is...

Alternatives to composting

You can reuse organic materials in your yard in other ways. People practice passive composting when they pile up organic materials but don't turn the pile. Without turning, the pile will be cooler and much slower to decompose. The materials break down eventually, and compost can be removed from the bottom of the pile. This method may not kill weed seeds and plant pathogens, and the pile may attract insect and animal pests. Mulching is similar to composting but requires less effort. Chipped or shredded organic materials such as lawn clippings, leaves, pine needles, shrubs, and trees can be spread on the soil surface around your plants. Mulch controls weeds, keeps moisture in the soil, and reduces soil erosion.

How To Know When The Compost Is Ready

The composting process can take from 2 months to 2 years, depending on the material used and the effort involved. To speed up the process, the pile should be a balance between wet and dry material, it should also be turned frequently and the waste should be shredded or in small pieces. Compost is ready to be used when it is dark in color, crumbly and has an earthy smell. You can shift the compost to eliminate material which has not yet finished composting. Return this back into the pile to complete its transformation into humus. USES FOR COMPOSTED MATERIAL It can benefit soil and plants in many ways, * For more information contact The Composting Council of Canada at 16 Northumberland Street, Toronto,Ontario M6H 1P7, Website http www.compost.org

The Composting Council Of Canada

Composting is natures way of recycling. Composting decomposes and transforms organic material such as food scraps, leaves and yard trimmings, paper, wood, manures, and the remains of agriculture crops, into a soil-like product called humus. The composting process uses micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi to break down the organic materials. For the process to work best it is important for the micro-organisms to have a continuous supply of food, water and oxygen. Managing the temperature of the compost is also an important step. Composting is an easy way to recycle at home. It can reduce the amount of household garbage by about one third, and it produces a valuable soil amendment for use in gardening and landscaping.

What to compost

Efficient Compost Pile

Organisms that decompose organic materials to form compost depend on a diet of carbon and nitrogen. Fresh, green materials are rich in nitrogen, and so are animal manures. Just as plants need nitrogen to grow, decomposers need nitrogen to fuel the decomposition process. Grass clippings are rich in nitrogen, and wood chips are a carbon source. The key to making a compost

Undesireable materials

May contribute pests (weeds, plant diseases) when inadequately composted 7. Continue to monitor the temperature in the pile. It should heat up again. After the temperature peaks, turn the pile once more. You may note that white molds decrease over time, insect populations will change, and beneficial worms become abundant as the compost matures. 8. The process is completed when the pile does not generate any more heat. When the pile is cool and the compost has aged for another four weeks, it should be finished. The pile should be much smaller than its original size, and the original materials should no longer be recognizable. The compost should be dark, loose (crumbly), and without any strong or unpleasant odor. 9. Use the compost to mix into the soil or to make compost tea to use for watering crops, seedlings, and starts. Spread compost on your lawn and under shrubs, flowering plants, vegetables, and trees.

Getting started

Compost is easier to turn when piled on concrete or another hard surface, but worms and other beneficial organisms from the soil will have a harder time reaching the pile. Level ground is also a good surface. The appropriate location for a compost pile is a shady area protected from wind (to prevent it from drying out). Protect the pile from heavy rain by covering it with a Have a protected area to store finished compost if it isn't going to be used immediately. Avoid mixing undecomposed materials with finished compost.

Recycling Opportunities

Don't dump offal on land that is not part of an approved composting land fertilization program or at any location other than a Waste Disposal Site and then only with consent of the site owner operator. Do dispose as a compost, soil conditioner, or fertilizer making sure that it is covered to control flies and odors. Written approval is required for establishing commercial compost facilities and for commercial compost spreading programs. COMPOSTING And Cape Broyle Composting Inc.

Chemical and microbiological analysis of quality of different types of organic wastes

The results of the sampling of products for toxicological elements indicate in particular the benefits of sorting and composting this waste. Table 6 presents results for the contents in heavy metals. The samples which, in general, fell within the World Bank norms for compost were those from compost produced by CREPA and the women's associations to whom it has provided training (Wogodogo, Secteur 10, Secteur 19). Where even these limits are exceeded, they still fall within the French norm for compost in the case of lead (Pb). The Ouagadougou compost samples come from a relatively better process of sorting out detrimental material (e.g. batteries) than the process undertaken by the composter who was surveyed in Bamako. The results thus show the possible dangers of not sorting the waste sufficiently, the only manner in which heavy metals can be eliminated. Compost Secteur 101 Compost Secteur 191 Compost Wogodogo 1 Compost CREPA Compost Compost TAL3 Norms Compost Compost Compost 1 Compost...

Rise of the Biopolymers Recycling versus Degradation

Cellulose Structure

The main advantages in using biopolymers in the environment is biodegradablity, although some of these materials are also compostable. To be compostable the biomaterial requires a controlled microbial environment such as an industrial compost facility before they will degrade. This is because there are requirements of heat, moisture and aeration to activate and sustain the degradation process. To be considered compostable, a material must be able be put into an industrial composting process and breakdown by 90 within six months. Under the European Standard EN 13432 2 they can be labelled or marked with a 'compostable' symbol. As an example a PLA film under 20 m thick is compostable and packaging made and marked with this symbol can be commercially composted. Thicker films above 20 m although still biodegradable do not qualify as compostable. A home composting logo has yet to be established. However, at some point in the future this will enable consumers to dispose of compostable...

Pilot projects on waste transformation

The experiments of CREPA in Ouagadougou on tube aeration of compost heaps did not lead, unfortunately, to any improvements to be recommended to the women's associations or diffused more widely. The four windrows heaps of the experimentation involved combinations of either PVC tube passive aeration or manual turning with either ash or cow innards as an additional material. Time to maturity remained 60 days for the heaps with cattle innards and 28 days for those with ash, in each case regardless of the type of aeration. Decreased labour costs were not of sufficient magnitude to outweigh the other increases in costs (in particular, materials) and the lower production amounts. This resulted in production costs per tonne that were slightly higher for the PVC tube aeration method FCFA 15,500 versus FCFA 14,600 per tonne with cow innards as co-composting additive and FCFA 9,600 versus FCFA 7,000 per tonne with ash as the additive. While these results do not provide any new hope for improving...

Search and transaction costs

More evidently, public authorities can play a role in encouraging or promulgating the development of grading schemes for scrap and other wastes. For instance, Austria's Compost Ordinance specifies three grades, designed to facilitate the identification of potential uses. These have the effect of reducing the space for negotiation, and thus potentially reducing transaction costs. In addition, if dispute resolution mechanisms are put in place, they may also reduce transaction costs by reducing the need to identify potential sources of disagreement at the stage of contract preparation. Many trade associations have recognised this, sometimes with the support of public authorities. Similarly, the dissemination of standardised contracts may also help to reduce transaction costs. The Netherlands has recognised the value of this with respect to secondary construction materials, as has the United Kingdom in the area of wastepaper.

Analysis of organic matternutrient flows

The project concentrated on estimating the potential flows of organic waste material into urban and peri-urban agriculture. Results of the various surveys and experimentations provided a number of parameters which made it possible for LEI to calculate potentially how much solid organic waste material is available for use as compost and as an unsorted waste amender. This were also translated into amounts of the macronutrients, N, P and K. While this can be seen as an attempt to close the nutrient cycle, waste materials are more of a compliment to, than a substitute for, mineral fertiliser products, particularly for commercially-oriented and intensive horticultural producers. The waste is particularly valued for its organic matter content. The intensive irrigation of urban horticultural systems also means that estimating the significant nutrient flows due to leaching is difficult, implying that the estimation of nutrient balances, as opposed to some flows, was not feasible. Estimating...

Plastic Bag Ban Stops Progress

And most importantly, a ban is the one sure way to stop progress in its tracks. Modern plastic bags are the most environmentally friendly yet They thinned down a third between 1977 and 1990, and have even started to appear in biodegradable form (at least these compostable

Final Report Abstract

The project began with detailed characterisations of both the agricultural and waste management sectors in each of the two study cities. This included the use of participatory appraisal techniques as well as quantitative surveys. Policies affecting both of these sectors were inventoried and summarised. In addition, samples of existing waste products were taken and analysed for the presence of biological pathogens and heavy metals. All of this information, together with additional focus group discussions with stakeholders, contributed to the evaluation of constraints and potentials for improving the use of organic municipal waste in urban and peri-urban farming systems. This analysis supported the development of pilot projects and experiments concerning both the composting of waste and its use as a soil fertiliser. In Bamako, both urban and peri-urban farmers engaged in a process of participatory technology development. They first experimented with pit and windrow composting of urban...

Everyone Should Recycle

In the United States, composting is the province of the odd organic gardener. Here everyone separates out the organics kitchen scraps, bones, wet paper-like napkins, wrapping paper, boxes, even grass clippings and leaves. Pet detritus and litter appears to be optional It's organic, but if you have your doubts, they'll let you bag it separately. I've put hair from my brush in the organics, though I'm unsure about its chemical content. Organics go in a green, lidded bin under the sink and eventually into a green garbage bin outside with an aerated lid, to be collected with everything else. Then gardeners who don't want to keep their own compost pile can buy organic compost from the province for much less than Wal-Mart charges.

Solutions To Correct Situations That Might Occur

If the pile does not reduce in size or generate heat, composting may need a boost. If the pile is dry, add your composter as full as possible. Mix new with old, dry with wet, breaking up mats and clumps. If the pile is sweet smelling but not heating, it may need nitrogen. Add grass clippings, table scraps or a sprinkle of organic fertilizer from the garden centre. If the compost pile develops a foul odour, it may not be getting enough air. Loosen up the pile, break up clumps, unblock vents and perhaps add some wood chips to help the pile breath. Turning the pile always helps aeration. Compost in a container with a cover to prevent animals from getting into the composting materials. A wire mesh around the base can help to prevent pests from digging under the pile. Dig in or cover food waste immediately.

Pilot projects on use of waste products in periurban agriculture

The results from Bamako indicate that the the use of compost made from urban solid waste can be agronomically and economically attractive for farmers. Average yield improvements ranged from about 20 to almost 60 when compost was applied at 6 kg m2 as compared to using manure at the same application rate (see Figure 11). Indeed, on average, yields did also not differ signficantly from the manure control plots when compost was applied at the lower rate of 5 kg m2, a hypothesis that the farmers had proposed themselves. The improved performance of the compost is probably partly due to the use of the same type of manure as co-composter, ensuring that organic matter and nutrient content were higher. In general, farmers in Bamako were very pleased with the results of the experiment. They recognised that the increased cost of the compost, in comparison to manure, was more than compensated by the performance. Most interestingly, the farmers had ideas about how to vary the application rates of...

Environmental policies designed to reduce wasterelated environmental damages

Note that some municipalities have introduced bans on recyclables which do not have particularly acute environmental impacts but which can be recycled - i.e. composting of organic waste. Such measures fit under the heading of targeted recycling policies discussed above.

Extend Landfill Lifespans

Recycling's true value comes from preventing pollution and saving natural resources and energy, not landfill space. Still, it's important to note that recycling is largely responsible for averting a landfill crisis in many parts of the country. Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990.

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Degradation Polymethylmethacrylat Co2

1.2 COMPOSTING OF PLASTICS IN MIXED HOUSEHOLD AND GARDEN WASTE The technology of composting to give added value to domestic waste is likely to increase rapidly during the next few years. It is claimed that by the end of the century, every household in Germany will be connected to a municipal composting system6 and other European countries are expected to follow. Ironically, in rural China and in other parts of the Far East, composting has always been the most important way of using waste and with the advent of plastics, severe problems are now being experienced with non-degradable plastics packaging and mulching film. Many manufacturers of de6gradable plastics are targeting the composting environment for their products6 and several commercial photo-biodegradable 7polyolefins are readily oxidised and bioassimilated in aerobic composters. For the reasons given above, biodegradable PVC would not be acceptable in such an application. able. In particular, degradability and composting are...

Sweden

Chart Ldpe Recycling Epa

Reidy (1992) reports that the average composition of waste in Sweden in the years up to 1990 is 35-45 paper, 8-10 plastics, 20-40 other assorted recyclable materials, and 25-35 food and garden waste. A high content of paper and increasing content of plastics with reduced content of metals leads to high calorific value of 10-12 MJ kg. Packaging waste accounts for about half of all municipal solid waste in Sweden. Around 35 billion packaged products are sold each year. Attempts have been made to divide domestic waste into fractions, and to segregate products at source. Three different systems are operated

Economic analysis

One solution seems to be to make use of underutilised transport resources at little or no additional cost in order to reduce the price of delivered compost for farmers. The economic analysis indicates that it may be economically viable for finished compost to be transported back into the city to urban farmers when lorries belonging to the operator of the treatment and disposal depot are returning empty for the next load. The additional costs of transport would still keep the cost of the compost within reasonable bounds because these would be less than if farmers had to pay independent transporters the cost of transporting the compost. Such cross-subsidising is not foreseen in the core plans being proposed in both cities. In each case the use of the organic material for composting is proposed as an end-of-pipe solution. The SDGD in Ouagadougou even proposes that the municipality be prepared to subsidise the sale of the compost by the operator of the waste depot to farmers, in...

Literature Reviews

The reviews of experience and existing documentation in Bamako and Ouagadougou were used as internal project documents. They highlighted the lack of available information on the (peri)-urban agriculture sector in the two cities, and the relative lack of attention that the sector has received by official organisations. The international review underlined the absence of systematic studies on the potential for recycling urban waste into (peri)-urban agriculture, and produced useful information on relevant norms for the quality of compost.

Helpful Hints

Weeds and trimmings should be shredded because the composting process works best when the organic pieces are small. The composter contents should be moist like a wrung-out sponge. If the contents are too dry, it will take overly long to compost and if too wet, the contents may begin to smell. Turn or mix the contents every couple of weeks or each time you add new material. This keeps the contents well aerated. Composting can be done in the winter. You can add materials to your composter all winter long. The breakdown process slows down or stops when the pile is frozen, but it will start up again in the spring. Thorough turning in the spring will reactivate the pile. Empty the composter in the fall to make plenty of room.