Urban Composting
Amber Byfield
Feb 20, 2009

02_20_09_compostingNYT1.jpgIn college, one of our friends opened the cabinet under her sink to unveil her tub of vermicomposting worms.

Yeah. It was a little weird then...But I'm thinking about doing it now. And it turns out, it's an idea that's suddenly picking up steam in New York City. The NYT has a great article about how to go about composting in an urban environment.

According to the NYT article, food accounts for 16% of New York's waste--three percent more than the nationwide average. And since New York doesn't offer curbside land waste services, folks are turning to worm bins.

Proponents of urban composting are hoping for a "composting revolution" to follow the recycling revolution we've seen take urban areas by hold.

The article is full of good tips for vermicomposting, and points out that composting food scraps rather than letting them rot in a landfill prevents them from releasing methane. While they say composting is most effectively done on a large scale, small scale efforts are always worth the time and will provide healthy humus for your garden.

What do you think? Ready to try it?

Photos by Hiroko Masuike for the New York Times.

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