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Three Compost Bin Options No Matter your Real Estate Reality

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Everyone has a different real estate reality. Maybe you live in the suburbs on a building lost of 1/3 acre or more. You may be apartment-bound with only the four walls you own to work with. Country dwellers have a larger outdoor space to manage, but even they can fill quickly with gardens, play areas and the like. The (untrue) theory about composting tends to be that it takes place in the country, on acres of ground surrounded by organic life. A completely false reality. No matter where you live or the type of space you have, there’s always room to compost. Indoor compost bins ad their outdoor compost bin cousins come in variety of sizes, shapes and colors to fit any geography requirement and style.

The following bins allow for indoor and outdoor composting, in any neighborhood.

1. For the newbie, Indoor-Dwelling Urbanite: Use the Ceramic Compost Pail, in stylish black or white to match your decor, to collect your food scraps to take to your local compost heap. If you live in New York City, you can transport it to any of the 54 GreenMarkets supported by GrowNY for composting each week.

Ceramic Compost Pails


Start composting with our with our 3 quart compost pails. Dual charcoal filters fit neatly inside the lid and last from 2-6 Uncle Jim's Composting Pailsmonths depending upon use. The snug fitting lid has a thick gasket to keep odors from escaping, and the large handle makes it easy to carry this deluxe pail to the compost bin. Dishwasher safe.

Our Deluxe Stoneware Compost Pail can sit handsomely on your countertop while collecting fruit and vegetable scraps. This earth-friendly compost pail makes natural recycling trouble-free. It’s the just the thing answer for the trouble-free recycling of kitchen food scraps, like coffee grinds, fruit and vegetable peels, and much more! Then you just carry the pail to your worm composter and create an unlimited supply of free organic fertilizer! The Pail holds several days worth of vegetable trimmings and food scraps, while two charcoal filters in the vented lid ensure an odor-free environment.

2. For the country family with a lot of food and yard scraps to utilize!

90 Gallon Compost Wizard


In the world of composters, you have two basic choices: Bins and Tumblers. Bins typically hold more than tumblers but must be aerated constantly. Tumblers aerate easily but usually don’t hold as much material.

The Compost Wizard resolves both of these short comings. Its massive drum is one of the largest on the market. Handholds allow you to get a grip to optimize your torque unlike complex, crank-driven systems that are clunky and break overtime. The composter’s low profile keep it from blowing over in high winds, help keep it out of sight, and makes it convenient for loading and unloading material.

A common problem with all composters is that you must transport material across the yard which can be heavy. The drum can be leveraged off of the base and rolled to your desired location: No heavy lifting! And the 16″ twist lid makes access very easy while also sealing in precious compost tea and keeping out animals. Fresh compost can be made in just 14 days and you only have to turn it once a week or after addition of new material. And to make things easier, it comes completely assembled so you can start composting immediately.

3. For the suburban couple looking to go green, with a little flair.

Wishing Well


Reinforced thermoformed lid with a rainwater hole allowing moisture to reach the compost. During heavy rains the lid prevents too much rainwater from turning your rich compost into mud. Three hand holds around the top allow your composter to be easily lifted off a working pile. 30 ” tall & 36″ diameter. The easy to use gate lets you get to the richer compost found at the bottom of the container. The handle provides easy opening.

Key Highlights Include:

  • 100% post-consumer HDPE plastic
  • Wishing Well Composter Dimensions: 36 Diameter x 30H inches
  • 18 cubic feet capacity
  • The stainless-steel hardware stands up well to outdoor elements
  • Approximate weight is 15 lbs.
  • 10-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
  • Thermoformed lid has central rainwater hole and lifts off completely for easy compost loading
  • Molded brick pattern for unique look and solid black sidewall to retain heat
  • Base has 1/2-inch air slots to assist ventilation and 2 foot gate in the base with handle makes access to compost easy.
  • No tools needed for assembly; assembly time approximately 20 minutes

Managing the Details of Bulk Composting: The “Sweet” Smell of Eco-Friendly Success

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

In a recent article from The Virginia Pilot, a local waste management company has found a solution to the odorous, if planet-friendly problem of composting yard waste for multiple communities. As anyone with a compost bin knows, the smell of organic materials being processed can be unpalatable to some, but no different than the smell of a local farm , and certainly not as pungent as a dump site.

That being said, communities in the Norfolk, VA region recently saw a change in the chain of command of their community composting efforts when their previous vendor, the Southeastern Public Service Authority, was replaced with a private company, McGill Environmental Systems when SPSA stepped down due to complaints about fees and their practice of burying the waste into a local landfill in lieu of composting it.

According to the article, “The company, based in North Carolina and with operations in Ireland, now handles yard waste from Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Isle of Wight County, as well as organic waste from clients including Smithfield Foods, Birdsong Peanuts, Lipton Tea, Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch, the Virginia Beach Convention Center and the College of William and Mary.”

“Broom was surprised by how Virginia – and the United States in general – has not embraced composting the way Europe has.

“Composting has the potential to recycle 70 percent of the world’s wastes,” he says, “but we somehow don’t do it.”

Finding a location for a new compost center is usually difficult – except here, where there were no neighbors to contest plans and worry about odors, and because Sussex County welcomed a new, tax-paying business within its borders.

In Ireland, where McGill’s president, Noel Lyons, hails from, composting is done entirely indoors – to control smells and because open land is so scare.

“We could never do in Ireland what we do here,” Broom says.

The McGill facility in Waverly contains indoor and outdoor curing areas, and today it generates about 175,000 tons of compost a year, according to company literature.

Broom says the company’s “secret weapon” is a labyrinth of underground pipes beneath the indoor facility that blows air into stewing piles of organic material, all alive with microscopic growth that is so active that it creates heat (hence, all the steam).”

The move towards public composting continues as private companies like McGill Environmental Systems continue to turn the waste management industry towards ecologically-friendly practices. It is the effort of companies like this that will make composting a norm and not an anomaly across the US.

CNBC on Composting: Composting Tips and Hints

Friday, April 15th, 2011

In a recent article, CNBC Covered benefits and tips for composting. Here’s a highlight:

“Compost not only adds important nutrients and beneficial bacteria to soil, it recycles waste, reducing pollution and ground water contamination,” says Kathy Woodard, editor of TheGardenGlove.com, a website that offers budget gardening advice.”

“Kevin Measel, vice president of merchandising for nursery for Lowe’s Cos., says the compost system you’ll need will depend on your household’s size and eating habits. For a family of four that regularly prepares fresh vegetables, he suggests a tumbler that spins the compost to add air; they’re approximately 7 cubic feet, less than 2 by 2 by 2. Make sure to let your compost mature, which Measel says can take as little as a month or as long as a year, depending how much you work the material.”

The time is now to get your own compost bin ready. Check out “Start Composting with Uncle Jim” for the steps you need to begin your composting efforts.

Take stock of your families eating habits to decide what size compost bin you need. Remember, even if you live in an apartment, you can still compost your food scraps with an indoor compost bin.

From the Green Grocer to Compost

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Can you imagine the amount of fruit and vegetable garbage that must be produced by one grocery store? Even with climate and moisture control in the areas that need it, there is a significant amount of your grocer’s product department that is written off as garbage before they even receive it. That doesn’t count the shipments of fruits or vegetables that end up with recalls on them or those that are spoiled or damaged upon arrival. All in all, there is a lot of waste in your produce department.

From the perspective as eco-conscious composters, this wasted seems appalling, but one company is making a dent in the spoiled fruit and veggie totals in Tempe, Arizona and its surrounding regions.

A recent post by Desertnews.com notes the success of EcoScraps, a startup that is taking on grocery waste single-handedly.

“EcoScraps has inked deals with grocers and wholesalers to haul it away and use it as a key ingredient in organic compost and potting soil that it sells at independent nurseries. The company plans to add 88 Bashas’ stores and is looking for others in addition to its existing wholesaler supply, said Brandon Sargent, EcoScrap’s co-founder and vice president. It hasn’t been too difficult to get grocers to sign on, Sargent said, because trash companies charge stores by the weight of what’s hauled away.

“In almost every situation, we save them money by picking up their waste,” Sargent said. “If they don’t understand the eco-friendly aspect, at least they understand the bottom line.”

Having opened their doors in February of this year, this new venture has already set its sights on surrounding areas of New Mexico, Southern California and Texas for franchise options as well as Oregon and Colorado for direct expansions. 2011 Sales are projected at $400,000.

EcoScraps provides a direct answer to the budgeting problems faced by communities and corporations looking into composting options. Their service is affordable and could help reduce the residue of the more than 30 million tons of food thrown away each year.

While EcoScraps is still expanding in the western part of the country, there is no reason that similar ventures across the nation could be sought to fight for a greener earth.

Live in a Loft? Compost Options for Apartment Dwellers

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Renters in Boulder Colorado are trying to do the right thing by composting their leftovers, but the 2008 ordinance allowing for 32 gallons of compostables set out at the curbside only applied to single family homes.

According to the Boulder Camera, “Multi-family units are the holy grail, the ultimate challenge for recyclables and compostables,” says Dan Matsch, manager of the compost department at the nonprofit recycler Eco-Cycle. “You have a whole bunch of diverse people living in the same building. You have limited capacity.

Although several apartment complexes and condos have begun adding compost to their trash and recycling services, having a public place for peels is still often a challenge for the 38 percent of residents who live in buildings that don’t fall under the ordinance.

Property managers need to know that their tenants take composting seriously before they will agree to spring for the service, says Shireen Miller, residential sustainability specialist with the city’s Environmental Affairs office. “If it’s contaminated, it gets hauled as trash and that’s an extra fee,” she adds”

Like this situation in Colorado, disposing of composting in an apartment, when you have no outdoor real estate to call your own, can seem complicated.

To go green with composting without having to deal with potentials hassles with your apartment management office, use an indoor composter to create your loamy soil, which you can then drop into pots on your stoop pr porch to grow plants veggies and fruit.

Some options of indoor composters are:

The Worm Factory

The Worm Composter

Can-O-Worms

The Worm Factory

Kitchen Composter

See more of our indoor compost options here.

NOTE: If you have more self-made soil than you can use, offer it to your grounds keeping crew to be used in the gardens and shrub lines of your complex

Familiarize yourself with the Worm Kit

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

After you’ve finished preparing the ingredients to a meal, or after you’ve finished cutting the grass from your lawn, do you just throw these away in an instant? You probably have for countless times already; and you might not have tried your hand at some indoor or outdoor composting yet. Reduce food and garden wastes by getting yourself into recycling and composting mode; and buy composting worms for your very own worm kit.

Updates on Composting

Did you know that 96 billion pounds of food waste are being accumulated in landfills every year, by food  establishments and households in the US alone? Well, look at the numbers and see how much waste there is. In spite of, state administrations have already asked its citizens to recycle their organic wastes by either donating their extras, or have these composted instead.

There are cost-effective ways to composting, and one solution to this is by using worm kits. Worm composting is definitely one way to go, when it comes to recycling your decomposing organic wastes.

What is a Worm Kit?

Worm farm kits (also known as the worm factory kit) comes complete, providing you with just about the right materials you’ll need for composting. It is an odorless system, that can be conveniently used indoors or outdoors. It definitely helps in keeping your worm compost pals separated from their castings, after they’ve produced it. And this is made more possible through a stacking unit that helps with the worms constant move upright the bin (since they always move up, to where the food source is).

A worm bin system such as this offers to reduce your daily produce of household wastes. Your unit will help you make your very own organic fertilizer, that can be used as a perfect enhancement for your garden or lawn. This worm by-product comes out as a black soil material, that has an earthy smell to it, and is filled with lots of nutrients. Of course, the worms (specifically red worms for composting) being raised in your bin are kept fed with nothing but the best organics only (like uncooked vegetables, fruit peels, coffee grounds, crushed eggshells, shreds of presoaked newspaper or cardboard, some soil, dried grass clippings, and more).

Worm Farming Kits for Children

You can also get your kids to do some home composting using worms. When using a Worm Kit, you’ll be able to let them see and observe firsthand the ongoing work of composting red worms. They will be able to learn what the worms’ roles are when it comes to the environment. It can be a fun and educational composting introduction to kids of all ages; and even for adults too.

GardenWorms.com recommends the Worm Farm Kit

worm farm kit

Interested in making a hobby out of worm composting? Then why not create your very own worm farm! Our Worm Kit is for those unafraid individuals who are not afraid to learn a lot from these compost wonders. And for just $54.95, you’ll get your very own Worm Kit, complete with 1,000 Red Wrigglers, starter bedding, a 3 month feed supply, and more!

To know more about the product, check the Worm Farm Kit here.

The Worm Factory

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

greenwfThere’s no better way to make your worm composting adventure better than by using the Worm Factory.  Professionals can testify to how well this product is because it’s definitely better in many ways as compared to other brands.

Worm Factory can be availed anytime you feel using it because it is manufactured all year round.  If you are just starting, you can first buy the three layer bin and if you eventually enjoy the work, have the 7-tray bin.  Worm factory is especially made for those who have limited space at home.  The 3-layer bin only measures 16″ x 16″ x 21″ so you are sure that it won’t eat much of your space at home.  Also, with the 7-tray bin, you know very well that you can have as much composting worms as you want because it can house 8,000-12,000 worms.  You can just imagine the amount of organic fertilizer that you can get from that number of composting worms.  It is also suitable for apartments because it is odor free.  It also has a worm tea collector tray.

Another rationale behind the expandable tray is for easy harvesting.  You will have to settle the worms at the first layer and when they have already exhausted their foods, they will by instinct climb the second layer.  That way, their castings will be left on the first tray for you to harvest.  It is very convenient, isn’t it?  Instead of you having to transfer the worms using your hand just to separate them from their waste, they will already do it on their own.  Most of all, with Worm Factory, you can expect 100% natural compost.


Countertop Composting Bin

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

For those who have limited space at home, doing vermicomposting may seem impossible.  Others would think that you should have a wide backyard in order to recycle your scraps. Well, the good news is, you can do composting no matter how limited your area is.  With the advent of countertop composting bin, you can already sort your garbage easily so that those organic scraps will be segregated from the non-biodegradable ones.

There are different kinds of countertop composting bins.  All of those have different designs that would perfectly suit your taste.  If you do not want a bin that will make your kitchen look ugly, then you can buy those commercial bins.  There is the stainless steel compost pail, white stoneware compost pail, bamboo compost pail and more designs.  Each of these has its own feature.  Some has charcoal filters to avoid and manage foul odors while some are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.  You can also choose the size of the bin that would be enough for your counter.  Some bins can hold 3 gallons of scraps while others can hold 1 gallon.  The price also varies depending on the design that you want.

Meanwhile, if you do not have budget to buy that stylish countertop composting bin, you can also use the plastic containers that you already have at home.  Have a container that would fit into your counter; a coffee canister will do.  Make sure it has a lid to keep flies from going inside the bin.  You can also paint it with the color you want, just make sure that you do not paint the filter.

Whether your countertop composting bin is homemade or commercially made, what’s important is you can have a bin to throw your scraps to.  You no longer need to run outside just to dispose your wastes because the bin is just within your reach.

How to Build a Vermicompost Bin

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

binVermicomposting is never complete without the composting bin.  This is where the Red Wiggler worms (recommended composting worms) will stay and produce that dark, nutrient-rich soil amendment for your plants.

You can buy commercial vermicompost bin like the Worm Factory, but if you have more spared time, you can do it yourself.  Just prepare a clean container which is around 6 inches in depth and the size would depend on how many worms you will place in it.  The color as much as possible should be dark.  Also prepare newspapers, magazines cardboards and grass cuttings if you have.

First, drill holes in the container. You can have around 20 -30 quarter inch holes at the bottom.  You can also do this at the sides of the bin.  This will serve as the drainage and at the same time ventilation system of the whole bin.  Red Wiggler worms need air and oxygen so holes are really important.

Once set, have the newspapers and magazines cut into strips.  Soak them into water to make the bedding moist but don’t allow it to be too soggy.  You can then place those shredded newspapers in the bin.  You may also add a cardboard at the top once you settle the newspapers because composting worms love to feed on moist cardboards.

Note that you are to situate the vermicompost bin in a cool area.  You may have it in your garage, basement, under the kitchen sink or anywhere shady.  Do not expose the worms to too much light and a temperature of 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit is advisable.

That’s all that you have to do.  A vermicompost bin is not hard to make; it’s not also expensive so might as well do it rather than buy it.

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