Each Wednesday I drive through our neighbourhood and see lots of bags of garbage and blue bins but it is not common to go an entire street without seeing a single green bin. Even with the ease of a city compost program people are still not buying in and participating. The most common reason I hear is because it is "gross". Yep it can be, but it doesn't have to be if you follow these simple tricks.
City Compost Program
* Make sure the kitchen bin is the appropriate size for no more than 3 days worth of material
* Line your kitchen bin with newspaper or buy the compost bags
* Use leftover take out paper bags in kitchen bin
* Add newspaper or a coffee tray to the bottom of your green bin to prevent sticking
* In the summer consider using a bin liner to contain smell
* In the summer add shredded paper or newspaper to the top every day
* Rinse once a month on the lawn and then allow to full dry
* Line the bottom of the compost with straw, twigs plant stems to aid in ventilation and drainage
* Secure your bin so animals can not get in through the bottom and top
* Stir! Stir! Stir! on a weekly basis. I always found a garden fork did the best job
* Maintain the ration of 1 part "Green" to 1 part "Brown"
* Keep shredded paper (a "Green") on hand to add to your bin if it seems wet
* Stop adding material into the bin 6 weeks before winter if you live in a cold climate. This will allow your compost to heat up and decompose faster instead of freezing and stopping the process over the winter.
* Create a second bin that you add to over the winter or stockpile organics indoors.
Of course the best way to prevent the ICK factor with composting is to reduce the amount of organic waste that you product in the first place.
What are your tricks to ensure composting is easy and not gross?
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