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Composting

Problem: 

The trash is filling up too fast and spilling over by the time it is picked up once/week.  The kitchen trash smells.

Diagnosis:  

1)      No composter, customer was throwing out everything

2)      No kitchen composter for temporary storage of compostable materials.

Solution:

1)      build a yard composter

2)      Purchase a small kitchen container for compost, with carbon filter

Hints and tips:

1)       Composters can be bought, then put together, or you can construct one from wood, fencing and many other materials that you may already have laying around your home.

2)      A composter is a must when you love to garden as mixed correctly can create the best soil

3)      It is good to apply compost to your lawn in the spring when you are aerating and fertilizing for optimal growth

4)      Compost is made more rapidly if the material is mixed and moist.

5)      Kitchen composters work great and can be purchased at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond for around 20$

6)      Below are examples of what you can and can’t compost

What to Compost – The IN List

  • Animal manure
  • Cardboard rolls
  • Clean paper
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cotton rags
  • Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  • Eggshells
  • Fireplace ashes
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Grass clippings
  • Hair and fur
  • Hay and straw
  • Houseplants
  • Leaves
  • Nut shells
  • Sawdust
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Tea bags
  • Wood chips
  • Wool rags
  • Yard trimmings

 

What Not to Compost – The OUT List

Leave Out/Reason Why

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
    • Releases substances that might be harmful to plants
  • Coal or charcoal ash
    • Might contain substances harmful to plants
  • Dairy products (e.g., butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt) and eggs*
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants
    • Diseases or insects might survive and be transferred back to other plants
  • Fats, grease, lard, or oils*
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps*
    • Create odor problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies
  • Pet wastes (e.g., dog or cat feces, soiled cat litter)*
    • Might contain parasites, bacteria, germs, pathogens, and viruses harmful to humans
  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides
    • Might kill beneficial composting organisms

* Check with your local composting or recycling coordinator as some commercially run composting facilities may be able to process the asterisked materials.

 

If you need to have a composter built, or need one put together that you purchased, click the “contact” tab to the right and let Screw Loose? LLC take care of the rest.

 

Thanks for your time, I hope this helps………………………………..

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