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~ John Dewey

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Friday, August 29, 2008


We set up our new composter last night.

We have to prime it so that it will work properly so, here are some pics of the start up process:

Unfortunately, waste in the world is still increasing due to rising personal consumption and population growth. Although food and paper decompose by themselves in nature they are the two largest components in landfills. They account for nearly 50% of all municipal solid waste. You might be surprised to learn that there is more food and paper in landfills than diapers, styrofoam, and tires. In fact, the EPA has found that food waste is the least recycled material. Biodegradable waste like food will remained embalmed in landfills for centuries because no oxygen can penetrate to help such waste decompose. Furthermore, we are running out of landfill space that is reasonably close to population centers. Escalating landfill costs will mean higher fees and taxes for everyone.

We decided to do something about this. We got an in-home composter. A computer controls the temperature, air flow, moisture, and mixing to accelerate the decomposition process. Everything is contained in a modern container. Just a few square feet of floor space is required and it plugs into a standard electrical outlet. You don't even have to handle and transport the rotting material!

Natural microscopic compost cultures eat organic waste material, converting most of the material to water vapor. Roughly 25% of the material remains in a highly nutrient rich form which re-enters the food chain as a natural organic fertilizer called compost. We'll put ours in our garden!

Written by T and H posted by C

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