This article presents rural and small town case study examples of home, neighborhood, school, and special event composting programs in action.
Continuing our ongoing blog series about organics management, this article presents tips for opportunities and action for implementing home, neighborhood, school, and special event composting programs.
This article continues our ongoing blog series about organics management, with additional low-cost composting options.
This article continues our ongoing blog series about organics management, with an introduction to home and neighborhood composting options.
Organics recycling—commonly known as composting—is a controlled, aerobic (requiring oxygen) biological process which results in the decomposition of organic materials. This decomposition process occurs naturally in nature. Composting is performed naturally by microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, and other living organisms) which digest the organic residues for food and energy and speed up the decomposition process. The primary end-products are carbon dioxide, water, and compost.
The controlled composting process is created by combining organic materials in proper ratios into containers, piles, or rows; turning or aerating the materials to provide adequate air flow, and, ensuring sufficient moisture to achieve accelerated decomposition. The “finished” material is then allowed to mature through a curing period, resulting in compost.
Compost users include homeowners and municipalities, nursery and greenhouse operators, landscapers, gardeners, farmers, grounds maintenance personnel, golf course…