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12 things you should never compost

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2018 by

Walnuts contain a compound that is toxic for some plants and can ruin your compost. (Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock) Remember the good ol’ days — back when we only had one bin for trash? In retrospect, those days were actually more wasteful than good. We sent things to the landfill that might have nourished […]

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How to Build a Three-Bin Compost System

Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 by

Compost—there never seems to be enough. And if you keep adding material to a single heap, the stuff is never really finished. The solution? A three-bin compost system. A three-bin compost system allows you to have different piles of compost in various stages of doneness. You start the pile on one end, move it […]

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Prince George’s Breaks Ground On Largest Composting Facility On The East Coast

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 by

  Ever wonder where your banana peel or orange rind ends up, when you toss it into a bin labeled “compost?” Whether you’re at a Smithsonian museum, a local university, a restaurant or grocery store, it’s likely sent to Prince George’s County, which has the largest composting facility in the region. Soon, Prince George’s will […]

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Can Dirt Save the Earth?

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by

When John Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, bought their ranch in Marin County, Calif., in 1998, it was mostly because they needed more space. Rathmann is an acclaimed children’s book author — “Officer Buckle and Gloria” won a Caldecott Medal in 1996 — and their apartment in San Francisco had become cluttered with her […]

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Report identifies 6 applications for organic waste in construction

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 by

  Dive Brief: The consulting firm Arup released a report on Oct. 11 detailing how organic waste could be used in construction projects to further “close the loop” and develop a more circular economy. The report mentions, for example, using potato peels as a fire-resistant insulating material and sound dampener. The report identifies six main areas where organic material can […]

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Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest. A team led by Princeton University researchers surveyed the land 16 years after the orange peels were deposited. They found […]

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How San Francisco’s mandatory composting laws turn food waste into profit

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by

SAN FRANCISCO — How do you throw away a cup of coffee in San Francisco? You take the lid off and put it in the recycle bin. The soiled cup goes in the compost bin. Nothing goes to a landfill. That’s the law. “For us, sending organic material to the landfill, there is no value […]

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147 Things you can compost and 9 things you cant

Posted on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by

1. VEGETABLES This is the most simple answer and most people will know you can compost vegetables but it is as good a place as any to start the list. Vegetables can be fresh (although you should be eating them!), cooked, frozen and completely moldy. All of them are okay to be thrown onto your […]

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Composting 101

Posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 by

Let’s start with the definition of ‘compost’. Image provided by City Compost Definition of Compost(ing) A mixture of organic matter, as from leaves and manure, that has decayed or has been digested by organisms, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients. (from the Free Dictionary by Farlex) Composting is nature’s process of […]

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Composting is grounds for change on Alaska flights

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by

Posted on May 5, 2016 By Marianne Lindsey, Staff Writer Alaska Airlines serves up 37,000 cups of coffee a day on its more than 900 daily flights, brewed using more than 250,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee each year. Ensuring that those grounds go back into the earth and not into the trash is the goal of […]

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