Recycling - FAQs
It is easier than you think! The Council can provide composters at a subsidised rate, call 0161 342 8355. Composters are great for grass and prunings as well as for vegetable peelings. To download a free copy of the Alan Titchmarsh Guide to Home Composting go to www.compost.org.uk In Tameside we pulverise the glass that we collect for recycling down into sand.
As long as they have a high surface to volume ratio, most plant material from your garden will work in your pile. When adding larger items, like branches or giant rubber tree leaves, shred or chip them up into smaller pieces with a chipper/shredder picked from GreenCulture wide selection. Remember, the more surface area of waste exposed to your compost microorganisms, the faster the decomposition process.
Yes, immature green weeds that have not seeded are an acceptable item to place in your bin. However, steer clear of ripened weeds or you may risk spreading your verdant villain in the garden
Like cockroaches and pigeons, rodents will always be a part of human society. While few bins are 100% rodent proof, there are a few steps you can take to avoid rodent entry into your sacred pile of humus. First, make sure the bottom lip of the bin is buried under the soil surface (rodents usually enter through openings in the bottom). Second, keep all lids and doors (if your bin has them) securely fastened and/or locked (some thieves like raccoons, can easily work latches).
Unfortunately, we are aware of no bear-proof compost bin on the market. Your best bet is to move your compost bin indoors, choose an indoor composter from our wide selection, or use a worm compost bin. Do not fret! Nothing says "I care" in a unique, environmentally aware way like a bag of tenderly cared for compost! Give your valuable compost to friends and family that have lawns or potted plants and let them reap the benefits of this fabulous soil amendment.
Resource Cumbria : FAQ's : Home Composting FAQ's
Compost is the end product of a complex process involving hundreds of different organisms such as fungi, worms and insects. To seea great animation of what goes on in your compost bin visit the Recycle Now home composting website.
Put sawdust on the top and close (but not entirely) the ventilation for a few days, so the flies can't get in.
You have several options: 1) you can either make one yourself (Waste Reduction Services offers an instruction sheet on how to build one using old pallets); 2) you can buy one from a mail order catalog or internet source; 3) or you can purchase a bin from the City of East Lansing.
Vermicomposting - Worm Composting - for Northern New England...
Harvesting castings from your bin is pretty simple and there are many ways to do it. Generally the goal is to separate the worms and cocoons (these go back into your bin) from the big bits of decomposing matter (these also go back into your bin) from the castings (which can be used to make worm tea or soil amendment). Here's my process: First collect everything you need to harvest: plastic tarp, shovel, sieve, bucket for worms and castings.
Because there is no way to guarantee your compost pile will reach a temperature high enough to destroy any potentially harmful bacteria in human and pet feces, it should not be added to your compost bin or compost tumbler.
It is all about safety, safety, safety. For the standard backyard compost bin or vermicomposter set-up, there is no guarantee that the pile will heat up enough from the microbial activity to destroy any harmful pathogens in the waste. Imagine a nick on your hand caused by yard work. Now imagine that hand dipping into contaminated compost-not a pretty picture. Unless your compost has been specifically designed and allocated for fecal management, steer clear and keep your composter poop free!
Frequently asked questions
Contact the Center for Resource Conservation at 303.441.3278 or try any of these local Boulder retailers: The Master Composters program holds a spring compost bin sale every year; contact 303.441.3278 for more information. Outside of Boulder? Call your neighborhood gardening or home improvement store. You can also build a bin with four pallets placed on end and wired together.
Frequently Asked Questions About Worm Composting
Most commercially sold compost bioactivators contain microorganisms which will help your pile start composting. However, similar microorganisms are readily available in a handful of soil or finished compost.
Self-Organizing Systems FAQ for Usenet newsgroup comp.theory...
In the world of possible systems (the state space for the system) two possibilities are neighbours if a change or mutation to one parameter can change the first system into the second or vice versa. Any two options can then be classified by a chain of possible mutations converting between them (via intermediate states). Note that there can be many ways of doing this, depending on the order the mutations take place. The process of moving from one possibility to another is called an adaptive walk.