A topic I’ve been interested enough to look into several times, but have still failed to put into effect is composting. Over 20% of all municipal solid waste is from food waste and yard trimmings. Food waste and yard trimming that could be put to good use through composting. When you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, as my son and I do, you notice your garbage starts becoming less packages, in cans and boxes, and more waste from pineapple rinds, cauliflower and broccoli stems, banana peels, and apple cores.
I think the main thing that has stopped me from composting is the amount “Browns,” you need to get a good compost pile going. Browns, are dead leaves, grass or hay, with low nitrogen levels. Greens, on the other hand, is materials high in nitrogen, such a kitchen waste and fresh cut grass and leaves, ect… You need a proper browns to greens ratio to stop the compost pile from turning into a rotten stinking mess. However, with all the falling leaves, now is a perfect time to start composting. Here are a few links to get started, and while you may want to check into getting a system, they are uneccessary: http://www.howtocompost.org/ ; http://www.composting101.com/ ; http://vegweb.com/composting/ .