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Is newspaper safe to compost?




It is spring and your world is awash with compostable materials from the kitchen and yard, but you’ve got no leaves to act as a carbon-rich material, so now what? Newspaper is the typical answer, but is it safe?






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How many leaves do I need?




People often ask how many leaves they should save for their compost pile. It’s the right question to ask, because when making compost if you strike the correct balance of leaves and nitrogen-rich food scraps, you’ll get rich, light, sweet-smelling compost. Get … Continue reading






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Garbage smells, compost doesn’t




Note: A shorter, slightly different, version of this appeared in the Arlington Advocate. Concerns about smelly compost usually come from people who, understandably, don’t understand the difference between a compost pile and a pile of garbage. So what are the differences … Continue reading






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Starting a compost in winter




This has been a very cold, very snowy (snowiest on record, more falling as I type this, on March 28, 2015) winter. Even in these toughest conditions you can successfully start a compost and get it cooking. I took this … Continue reading






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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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