Natural Resources

Fall 2011 Natural Resources Law Class at UB

Composting October 14, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — neasasen @ 8:00 pm

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/ .

 

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One Response to “Composting”

  1. My parents compost, they add leaves, hay, and all the plants, veggies and fruit scraps we throw out.


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