Tag Archives: Compost

Recycling pumpkin recycling




I’ve addressed pumpkin recycling in the past, but it is worth revisiting and updating with a new flyer you can use, below. The idea is this: In most municipalities, you’re not supposed to put pumpkins in the yard waste, so it … Continue reading






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Compost: Stuff you need to start composting




It is the most basic of questions: What ‘stuff’ do I need to if I’m going to start composting? Not surprisingly, the answers are simple and inexpensive. You can compost with a gold-plated compost unit or some pallets tied together, and … Continue reading






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“Can I compost it?” flowchart




I have no intent of replicating the many, many lists available online telling you what is compostable. (Though it is usually the most popular question people ask me.) Instead, below is a handy flowchart (.pdf version here) you can hang on … Continue reading






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Wicked light, wicked strong, compost sifter




I’ve taught a few classes and done some exhibits about compost recently and have had a great time answering questions. Several people have asked about the sifter/screen I use. I always point out that you don’t really need a screen, or that in … Continue reading






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Raccoons and Compost: A Common Sense Primer




Raccoons live among us. They lived here before we composted. They lived here before we put out cat food, garbage cans, or bird feeders.  If everybody stopped composting tomorrow, raccoons would still thrive here.






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Pumpkin recycling




Every Halloween we see a lot of good rotting flesh go to waste. That’s right, pumpkins tossed into the trash. In Arlington we’re not allowed to put pumpkins in with the yard waste, so they often go in the garbage. … Continue reading






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Three types of people, three types of compost




THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE – THREE TYPES OF COMPOST NOTE: Each year Arlington holds an EcoFest where people gather to learn about various environmentally related issues. This year I was asked to discuss compost with people. Below is a version … Continue reading






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EcoFest in Arlington Saturday March 31




This Saturday, March 31, Sustainable Arlington will host its annual EcoFest. This year the focus is on local food. Local in the sense of buying from a local farmer, and in the sense of growing it in your yard. I’ve … Continue reading






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Fast ‘urban compost’ – saving energy outside the home




This summer I kept more than 1,000 lbs. of “garbage” from getting hauled dozens of miles away in a 3 mpg vehicle to an incinerator. I also saved money and got great compost. Spurred by a question from JP Greenhouse, … Continue reading






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