What Foods are Good for My Compost?

What Foods are Good for My Compost?

Foods I should compost and foods I shouldnt

Let’s Keep Organics Out of Landfills, Together!

When you’ve already made the environmentally conscious and responsible decision to compost, you need to make sure that you are doing so in the right way. Proper composting will ensure that your compost mix is at it’s prime levels and also such that you don’t invite unwanted pests into your compost pile. Most biodegradable foods can be composted, but not all. Through appropriate food choice, you’ll have great, composted soil for any sort of gardening or planting.

Foods That You Can Compost

People that eat more fruits and vegetables have an amazing start to their composting pile. The husks, peels, cores and seeds from all of these food choices will help produce rich soil. Overripe or moldy produce and vegetables are also good for the compost pile and break down easily. Breads and grains are very good candidates for composting as well as stale bread, crackers or pasta. Make sure that none of the bread has been mixed with oil or meat, but otherwise you can feel comfortable adding it into your composting pile.

Coffee grounds are another effective component for your compost pile. Grounds add nitrogen, minerals, carbohydrates and vitamins to the soil and in turn to your plants when they are planted and grow in the composted soil. You can even add paper coffee filters to your composting pile. Tea bags and loose tea leaves are also acceptable compost fodder. Egg shells are a nutritious addition to any composting bin and they add nitrogen, phosphoric acid and calcium carbonate. Make sure to crush the egg shells before adding them to the pile so that they break down more quickly.

Foods Not To Compost

Certain foods are not able to be composted. Make sure that no plastic wrappers, staples or other product packaging is in your pile. Leave out any meat products, oils, fish and bones since these cause unwanted odor and attract rodents. Dairy is also not a good composting addition and should be avoided. If you add these items it will not only cause your compost pile to smell, but will disrupt the balance of the soils that would otherwise have been nutrient rich.

Composting efforts are important to our earth and can save you money as well. Avoided landfill tipping fees, transportation costs for hauling garbage and free nutrient rich compost all are financial reasons to compost. To learn more about how to get started composting, visit http://geobin123.com/. You can get tips on how to compost and even find affordable composting systems.

How Composting Programs Save Municipalities Money

How Composting Programs Save Municipalities Money


Nearly every municipality across the United States currently has some form of a composting initiative. These initiatives keep unnecessary waste such as leaves, grass and food excess out of landfills while providing dark, rich, organic soil for residential gardening. Typical composting is performed at a municipal yard and residents expend fuel and time to haul their materials to the site. In some cases, the municipality provides pickup. However, the best systems use “backyard composting,” which beneficially reuses the waste materials. With ever tightening budgets, municipal backyard composting programs are a great way for communities to become more environmentally conscious while saving money by decreasing landfill waste. Backyard composting programs typically involve a municipality providing compost bins to residents at a subsidized cost or even no charge. Municipalities typically set up compost programs in one of three ways:

  1. Pass on the complete cost of the compost bin to residents
  2. Charge residents a portion of the total cost
  3. Pay the complete amount of the compost bin for residents

     

Depending on the details of the local composting program, the participation rate, and the tipping fees charged in the area, payback periods may vary, but are routinely a year or less. As an example, we examine Waunakee, a village of 12,295 residents in south central Wisconsin. Other than being “The Only Waunakee in the World,” and difficult to pronounce, it is a typical Wisconsin village.

Using the average citizen waste of 4.43 lbs per day estimated by the US Census Bureau, a landfill tipping fee of $48 per ton from the Dane County Department of Public Works, Highway and Transportation and a relatively low compost bin use rate of 16%, it is easy to calculate the savings for the municipality (see Figure 1 for payback calculation results). It is recommended that Waunakee purchase 950 compost bins for its residents based on the number of citizens per household and the compost bin usage rate. Assuming the purchase price for the compost bins to be $18.50 each and the program is set up with no cost to residents (municipality subsidizes entire cost of bins) the payback to the municipality is less than one year with an initial cost of $17,575. If the residents of Waunakee were to co-pay $5 each for their compost bins the program payback from decreased tipping fees would be roughly eight months with an initial cost of $12,825. The calculations do not include decreased gas/vehicle maintenance for municipal trucks to the landfill which lead to even more cost savings for the participating municipality.

Municipal Composting Savings Chart

Green values are input based on municipality demographics and known values. Orange cells represent cost savings and payback periods. To access the complete composting payback calculation click this image.

As communities seek to save money, yet provide for the need of their residents, “backyard composting” programs offer a great way to draw attention to sustainable initiatives within the community.

This analysis was created by Presto Geosystems, the manufacturer of the Geobin® compost bin. The full version of this analysis can be downloaded from www.Geobin123.com.

 

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Composting Programs Save Municipalities Money

A municipal composting program helps eliminate the amount of garbage being put into landfills.

Municipal Composting Programs can help reduce garbage in landfills

Municipal Composting Program

Most municipalities across the United States have a composting initiative in place—and why not? A municipal composting program keeps organic waste such as leaves, grass and excess food out of landfills and it also creates a nutrient-rich byproduct, compost, while saving municipalities money.

Municipal composting programs vary across the country. In some instances composting is performed at a municipal yard where local citizens must haul their compostable items to a pre-determined location. This approach isn’t desirable, as it’s inconvenient for local citizens to be expending both their fuel and time. An alternative sees municipalities offering door-to-door pick-up of compostable items to be delivered to a municipal yard. In this method, citizens don’t get to participate in their composting efforts firsthand and still consumes fuel and resources for hauling. The third most common way municipalities go about their composting program is a ‘backyard composting’ program.

Typically, a ‘backyard’ municipal composting program involves the municipality offering to its residents a subsidized, or free, compost bin for their backyard and their own use. By owning their own composting bin, individuals stay active and engaged in the composting process as they look to reduce their carbon footprint before their very eyes.

A municipal composting program not only keeps organic waste out of landfills but it also helps municipalities save money–take New York City for example. Last year New York City spent more than $336 million dollars to get rid of trash, with most of it going to landfills in states bordering New York—what a waste! It’s currently estimated that if New York City implements a municipal composting program that the city could save itself up to $100 million dollars a year!

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For over ten years, the Geobin® composter has been a top-selling compost bin due to its best-in-class value. The Geobin compost bin is the most affordable compost bin on the market; is easy to set-up, has the largest capacity and just plain works.

We know that composting enthusiasts have a wealth of information, tips and tricks and the compost community loves to share information. To make sharing easier, we’ve created this composting blog for you as an easy outlet to talk about all things composting.

We’ll discuss any and everything composting, including; industry trends, links to composting articles, how-to videos, feature guest bloggers and more.

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We support composting discussions at all levels, so don’t be afraid to ask basic questions or to participate with pontifications of process permutations. Either way, we will all grow our knowledge together and improve our environment while having a little fun.