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How to Reduce Waste by Building an Indoor Compost Bin

Yard and kitchen wastes represent approximately 30% of waste in the U.S. This waste stream can be composted to feed your garden. Whether you live in the country or a city, you can enjoy gardening and composting. Here’s how to build an indoor compost bin that will not only provide fertilizer but will actively engage you, your children, and even your friends if you choose. Instructions for Making an Indoor Compost Bin Obtain an opaque plastic or wood bin with a lid. For a family of 1 to 2 people a 15 inch high by 18 inch wide by 24 inch long bin should be sufficient. A family of 4 to 6 people might need a 15 inch high by 24 inch wide by 42 inch… Read More »How to Reduce Waste by Building an Indoor Compost Bin

How to Build a Simple Bucket Compost Toilet

Reasons for building a composting toilet Traditional toilets use up to 5 gallons of water on a single flush whereas composting toilets need very little to no water. Sewage treatment plants require significant infrastructure, operating expenditures, and energy to clean wastewater. Septic tanks are expensive and may not be possible depending on land conditions and environmental regulations. A do-it-yourself composting toilet does not require any plumbing and is inexpensive to build. A composting toilet lets you dispose of your waste in the greenest possible way by turning it into compost that feeds your plants.  A composting toilet is not an outhouse (latrine, privy). When properly built and utilized, it gives off no foul odors since the composting process is carried out by bacteria under aerobic conditions… Read More »How to Build a Simple Bucket Compost Toilet

What’s the Scoop About Composting and Why Compost Now?

What’s the Scoop About Composting? Composting offers an environmentally superior alternative to placing organic material in landfills because composting reduces methane production. Methane is 26 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. In a landfill, decomposing organic material in anaerobic conditions (by microbes in the absence of oxygen) releases methane into the atmosphere. Anaerobic fermentation is common in landfills and open stockpiles such as manure piles. Global emissions from waste have almost doubled since 1970; and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, landfills contribute 15.1% of methane emissions found in our atmosphere. These emissions are from bokash the organic matter in landfills – waste that could be composted by us instead! Compost… Read More »What’s the Scoop About Composting and Why Compost Now?

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