All About Composting: Hot Tips, Best Bins, and WORMS!

All About Composting: Hot Tips, Best Bins, and WORMS!

Cambria Bold
Feb 23, 2011

Or you a hardcore composter? Or is it something you've been meaning to try? Do you have a serious outdoor bin, or a countertop container? Curious about using worms? We believe that everyone can compost, and our enthusiasm for the practice has led us to amass a fair amount of composting content over the last few years. This is the roundup of roundups for (com)posts on Re-Nest.

What Is Composting?

From The Environmental Defense Fund:

"The natural breakdown of organic material to a dark, loose, soil-like substance that will substantially enrich any garden. Decomposition occurs with the assistance of invertebrates like earthworms and microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. Composting is a form of recycling that occurs continually in nature. It can significantly reduce the amount of household waste we throw away and at the same time provide a nutrient-rich additive for soils."

Why Compost?

Every year the US generates over 34 million tons of food waste accounting for 14 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream. Less than 3 percent of that waste is put to good use (i.e composted). The rest of it—roughly 33 million tons— is thrown away into landfills or incinerators where its decomposition produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon monoxide.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency,

Landfills are the major source of human-related methane in the United States, accounting for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions. Reducing, recovering, and recycling food waste diverts organic materials from landfills and incinerators, reducing GHG emissions from landfills and waste combustion. The use of recycled food waste (compost) has many environmental benefits: improving soil health and structure; increasing drought resistance; and reducing the need for supplemental water, fertilizers, and pesticides. An additional benefit of food waste reduction, donation, and composting is improved sanitation, public safety and health for both your facility and community.

Whether you're an avid composter already or just getting started, we've covered this topic extensively on Re-Nest over the years.

General Composting Questions and Information

How To Brew Compost Tea
How To Make Your Own Indoor Compost Bin
Begin a New Routine This Holiday Season: Composting
Composting Project Update: It Froze!
Composting Project Update: It Thawed and Now It Smells!
For Better or Worse: There Are Grubs In My Compost
Microbes: Making Better Compost
How To Build a 2-Material Quick and Cheap Compost Bin
Urban Worm Composting
How To Start and Use an Outdoor Stackable Compost Bin
Harness Extra Hot Water from your Compost Pile
Small Space Composting Solutions
Green Tip: Composting During the Winter
The Dirt on Compost Made from Treated Sewage
5 Places to Put a Compost Bin in a Small Kitchen

Good Composting Questions

Can You Put Seeds in a Compost Pile?
How Can I Compost with a Garden or Balcony?
Composting Without a Yard?
Help! Maggots In My Compost?
Can You Help Me With Food Composting?
Using Shredded Paper in the Garden: Is It Okay?
Recommendations for an Outdoor Closed Composting System?

Things You Can Compost

5 Places To Score Free Coffee Grounds for Compost
75 Things You Can Compost: Who Knew?
Reviews of the NatureMill Home Plus Indoor Composter?
Look! Composting Food, Diapers, and Leaves
7 Kitchen Waste Items to Use in the Garden

Worm Composting

• How To Start a Home Worm Composting System
Worm Composting: Deal with the 'Ick' and Have a Party!
The Worm Factory: Simplifying Small Space Composting?
Worm Factory vs. VermiHut Composters: Part 1 and Worm Factory vs. VermiHut Composters: Part 2

Compost Containers

The Best Composters and Tools
Best Kitchen Composters
Compost Container by Simple Human
The 7-Day Play by Play of a NatureMill
Creative Kitchen Compost Keepers
Product Review: The Freezer Compost Bin from Fuccillo
Say It Loud! Clever Compost Buckets from the UK
The Valentina Composter by Priscilla Woolworth

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