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Re: E-M:/ Food waste in disposal vs. in trash



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Enviro-Mich message from Barbara Jean Madsen <bjmadsen@biology.lsa.umich.edu>
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On Wed, 8 Apr 1998, Kris Olsson wrote:

> Also, maybe some advice on easy, urban composting opportunities would be
> good.

	Composting doesn't have to be complex or take up lots of space.
There are only a few important rules: No animal products or fats/greases.
Try to keep a balance between fresh "green" materials (grass clippings,
food scraps) and old/dried "brown" materials (dead leaves).   It's not
even necessary to turn a compost pile, though turning will help the stuff
rot faster.  If you don't like the sight of a compost pile, you can buy a
compost container, some of which can be turned or rolled (the kids like to
do this! to mix the compost.  

	You can even do a form of composting indoors, with red worms.
Basically, you keep the worms in a contained with some form of "bedding"
(like shredded newspapers), and feed them your food scraps.  The worm
droppings are a great "compost" that can be used in the garden or even on
your houseplants.  There are several companies that sell worms and even
special containers to keep them in (not necessary).  
	
	Incidentally, compost has recently been shown not only to provide
nutrients for plants, but actually to confer on them a significant degree
of resistance to pests and diseases.  Organic Gardening magazine is a
great source of information on compost and its many uses and benefits.

	--B.J. Madsen



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