Do you ever wonder what type of paper you can recycle? Earth911.com has your answer: What NOT to Put in the Bin.
A pilot composting program in NYC school districts cuts food waste by 85 percent!
The move reduced the eight pilot schools’ cafeteria waste by an astounding 85 percent. That number benefits the environment and the district, saving 450 pounds of food waste from landfills each day and saving an estimated $3,000 in garbage bags and $3,700 in disposal fees for the pilot schools each year.
If they can get students to learn about composting, imagine the possibilities in work environments.
Interesting article about toxic products and getting greener with chemistry. From ecotrope:
We set up our worm bin last weekend. It was a lot of fun.
Then we went ahead and added some frozen food scraps as well as the worms. We threw newspaper on top of the food scraps. The newspaper acts as the dry material, allowing optimization of the required carbon to nitrogen ratio. When we use it to cover the food scraps, it helps contain moisture and provide a comfortable living environment for the worms.
We had some helpers hold the worms up so you can see them closer. These are Eisenia fetid, red worms used specifically for composting.
Not quite like the vermi-composting red worms (Eisenia fetid), but I’m pretty sure all worm-sex is similar.
Check it out, a blog post about earthworms breeding: A Worm Breeds in Brooklyn : The Last Word On Nothing.
Have you wondered how to keep your food-scraps at home before you bring them over to the compost drop-off?
I have polled our fellow composters. The consensus is a sturdy vessel that you can keep in your fridge or freezer and easily carry to the drop-off and the re-use when you bring it home. Keeping them cold minimizes any odors, especially if you plan on storing food scraps for a while in an un-airconditioned apartment before brining them to the bins. For people composting indoors, freezing any fruit peels kills off any fruit fly eggs, reducing any fly problems that may arise.
This is where I store my food scraps, in the freezer and easily labeled for the rest of the family.
Ainhoa likes to re-use one of the take-out containers. Much more eco-friendly.
Neeman uses a regular container.
And of course, you can always just put it all in a plastic bag and dump the contents out at the tumblers.
Do you do it another way? I know some of you store your scraps in milk cartons in your freezer. Send me your pictures and I’ll update our flickr set!
Check it out!
Sustainability green tips of the month: Composting.
UPDATE: We’re even in the cafeteria – so cool!
Did you know that you can recycle clothes and textiles on the upper east side?