Comments on: Composting 101: Putting Kitchen Scraps to Good Use http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/composting-101-putting-kitchen-scraps-to-good-use/ The EPA Blog Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:58:31 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: indoor bike rack http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/composting-101-putting-kitchen-scraps-to-good-use/#comment-3815 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 03:23:44 +0000 /greeningtheapple/?p=8096#comment-3815 It is important to know the value of scraps. Though they are just a waste but then there other things that they will be useful. Scraps are given attention, because they use are important resources.

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By: Lower East Side Ecology Center http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/composting-101-putting-kitchen-scraps-to-good-use/#comment-3814 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:07:07 +0000 /greeningtheapple/?p=8096#comment-3814 Thank you for featuring us on the blog! One correction – the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s stand in the greenmarket is setup and run by our paid staff. Funding for the program comes from individuals making donations, the sale of our compost and potting soil, and foundations.

On a less technical note, lots of people in NYC have had success with having a worm bin in their home. We sell a 19″ x 16″ x 12″ bin (or you can make your own) and also worms to get the bin started. It doesn’t smell, it doesn’t attract bugs, and your house plants will LOVE the compost you make.

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By: Kasia http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/composting-101-putting-kitchen-scraps-to-good-use/#comment-3813 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:41:04 +0000 /greeningtheapple/?p=8096#comment-3813 Thanks for commenting, Abbey. Composting without a yard or access to the city’s greenmarkets is a challenge, but not impossible! The Lower East Side Ecology Center offers workshops and a do-it-yourself explanation on how to compost indoors using worms. It takes about three weeks and three pounds of food scraps per week, and can be done right under your kitchen sink. Check it out here

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By: Abbey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/07/composting-101-putting-kitchen-scraps-to-good-use/#comment-3812 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:42:48 +0000 /greeningtheapple/?p=8096#comment-3812 I don’t compost, though I wish I could! A compost bin at my residence isn’t an option since I don’t have access to any outdoor area other than the fire escape, and there’s simply no public infrastructure that could otherwise deal with it. If you’re in the gray area between living in Manhattan (where you can drop off your compost at the greenmarkets) and having a lawn in the suburbs, there’s no feasible way to deal with compostable waste other than minimizing it where possible.

I wish that cities felt more pressure to take responsibility for food waste like San Fransisco: http://www.sfenvironment.org/our_programs/topics.html?ti=6
but in most places it’s far more economical to ship waste out to rural dumps and forget about it than to worry about closing the cycle. Until then I think that private companies and workplaces (::ahem:: EPA NYC office!) should set an example of how easy it can be to collect biodegradable waste and use it effectively.

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