Domestic Composting Articles

  • January Composting Roundup

    St. Paul, Minnesota: State DOT Issues New Compost Specs The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) updated its specifications for using finished compost in MNDOT projects in the 2018 Edition of its “Standard Specifications For Construction.” The two main changes to the specs, explains Kayla Walsh of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, are: 1) Inclusion of food ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting on the New York Highline

    Friends of the High Line will be taking their composting program to a new level using cutting-edge technology to compost in only 14 days. The Rocket composter technology allows for a continuous process of feeding it daily while constantly aerating the mass inside the vessel, producing high enough temperatures to kill pathogens.  Friends of the High Line ...


    By Tidy Planet Limited

  • Keyhole Gardens; Positive Impact on Food Security

    World hunger is a constant problem. It has been one of the most widely discussed topics in recent years. Rapidly increasing global population, limited natural resources, and climatic changes, has resulted in the need for a sustainable increase in food production. Scientists, governments, and organizations across the world are working together to bring innovations and good farming practices which ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Composting Roundup

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Ninja Food Scraps Collection Service Compost Ninja, an Iowa-based organics collection business founded by Aaron Hanson, started service on November 1, 2015. The Compost Ninja provides customers a 5-gallon bucket, which are set out weekly. The business currently has 39 residential and small business accounts in Iowa County, Linn County and Johnson County, Iowa. Each ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Benefits of composting at home

    There are a lot of ways that we can take part in helping save the environment. Ways include water management, smart shopping, fuel efficiency and recycling. However, the most environmentally valuable action that we can all take part is composting. Through composting, we are helping out in reducing the overflow of worldwide waste considering that majority of the landfills are becoming more ...


    By Biofinch Ltd.

  • Why home composting is so great!

    Have you heard of composting, but just aren’t sure what it means? Not sure why how compost can benefit you? If you haven’t started composting at home yet, now is the time! Home composting is more than just a growing trend among gardeners, it’s a great way to recycle your kitchen scraps and yard refuse into something you can use-compost! So what is compost and why is it so ...


    By Biofinch Ltd.

  • Influence of some biological wastes and their combination on growth and reproduction potential of earthworm, Eisenia fetida and their effect on plant growth

    Effect on growth and reproduction potential of animal wastes viz., cow, goat, horse and a domestic waste (used tea dust) and their combinations to the earthworm, Eisenia fetida, was studied under laboratory conditions. The effect of above on growth aspects of Bhendi crop was compared with the normal compost individually under green house conditions. The effects on growth were assessed for ten ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Composting In rural Alaska

    Gardeners, communities and commercial enterprises have proven that composting works in Alaska, especially given large quantities of fish waste and diminishing landfill capacity. ALASKA is two and a half times larger than the largest state in the lower 48 states. Over half of the entire state’s population lives within the municipality of Anchorage. Many Alaskan villages can only be reached ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Potential of Eisenia fetida for vermicomposting of garden trimmings spiked with cow dung

    The garden residues and trimmings were vermicomposted in order to mitigate environmental problems caused by them. The results of experiments indicated that the addition of Garden Trimmings (GT) up to 30% with cow dung (CD) produced good quality vermicompost in terms of increased NPK status as well as decrease in C : N and C : P ratio. A comparison of the decomposition of GT + CD in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Home Composting Diversion: Household Level Analysis

    The goals of the present study were to (i) verify Parfitt’s (2005) household-level models of home composting diversion, (ii) provide additional insight into how those diversion factors were derived, (iii) extend the modelling approach to consider garden waste in residual and garden waste collections, and (iv) track the performance of compost bins supplied by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action ...

  • Editorial - Slam Dunks For Compost

    ISSUE deadlines dictate life in our office. This time around, I just couldn’t stop myself from learning more about the subject matter of the article I was writing. As a result, the entire issue was prepared, and there were three pages left for one of the most exciting articles I have worked on — converting brownfields and vacant lots into highly productive farms and gardens in neighborhoods that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Act now to support Ontario composters

    OVER the past 20 years, we have had the privilege to experience the personal commitment of folks who are dedicating their lives and talents to make compost happen. There have been great days and days when your heart breaks with news that rocky roads and more often than not financial realities have rendered the end of a journey forward. Through thick and thin, there was never, ever any doubt that ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • An assessment of the suitability of backyard produced compost as a potting soil

    Current scientific knowledge of compost is largely derived from research into commercially produced green compost. This has shown that such compost tends to have high pH, high conductivity, and potential for organic and/or mineral pollutants and therefore can be problematic for use in growing media at high inclusion rates. Little work has been undertaken at an amateur composting scale and it is ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting and local food merge st urban garden

    Growing Power (GP), a nonprofit urban garden and training center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides affordable produce to neighborhoods without access to fresh food, and processes a variety of organic wastes through composting and anaerobic digestion. Located on a two-acre lot on Milwaukee's north side, the six greenhouses and several hoop houses include raised beds for herbs and greens, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Effect of vegetable, fruit and garden (VFG) waste compost on soil physical properties

    Compost and other organic amendments have been proven to improve the soil physical quality. In Flanders, vegetable, fruit and garden (VFG) wastes are collected selectively and composted. We studied the effects of the combined application of three different doses of VFG compost and cattle slurry and one treatment with only mineral N applied, during 9 years on a range of soil physical properties: ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Setting up a composting system at school

    THE Portland, Oregon metropolitan area generates an estimated 280,000 tons per year of organic residuals — comprised of plants, food and food-soiled paper. To reclaim this material, the Portland Office of Sustainable Development launched the “Portland Composts” program. Since its inception in 2005, Portland Composts has recruited over 250 participants and this year will capture a projected 12,000 ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Source separated residential composting in the US

    THE Field of Dreams movie theme, “if you build it they will come,” is definitely à propos to source separated residential organics composting. While conducting this year's survey, we asked program managers what they think the key ingredients are to offering households the ability to divert more than just yard trimmings at the curb - a practice that is widely adopted in some Canadian provinces and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • SMART SERIES: Compost Product Marketing

    Compost sales and marketing veteran shoots straight from the hip when it comes to top lessons learned on how to develop a robust and reliable revenue-generating program. DEVELOPING a long-term, revenue generating compost marketing program has proven to be the key to success for many composters. A successful marketing program increases revenues, while improving the efficiency of a composting ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Commercial composting provides food for thought

    The retail sector and food manufacturers produce a mountain of waste but, unlike householders, they cannot simply throw it in the compost and wait for it to rot down. The Compost Association told edie about the obstacles in the way of recycling waste from the commercial sector. Compared to household domestic waste, biodegradable matter from the retail and catering sector represents only a small ...

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