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Happy Composting.

February 11, 2010

It has been almost a year since the Closed Loop started– one year of composting all of my food waste. I have got to say, the transition was not that difficult. I should start weighing the amount of compost I collect every week, it would be interesting to see how many pounds of food waste is composted in one year.

The photo above is what the compost bin looks like in my apartment in Atlanta. Somehow it always morphs into a smiley face… basically, we collect the food in a bin that is [unfortunately] lined with plastic bags. It is the easiest way to transport the compost to my roommmate’s house in rural Georgia. We are hopefully going to switch to biodegradable plastic bags soon. The Georgia Tech campus dining halls compost all their food waste — but they are hesitant to let students compost their food waste there as well.

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  1. Luisana permalink
    February 11, 2010 14:11

    I had no idea the dinning halls composted, that makes me feel a lot better!

  2. February 11, 2010 15:30

    Best compost bin photo I have ever seen!!!! This is great. Always good to encourage living green and make an effort ourselves. Love the blog! Nadia

  3. February 11, 2010 15:30

    What a awesome idea! I think composting is one of the ways to save the Earth.댜

  4. February 12, 2010 03:34

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  5. February 12, 2010 06:59

    I want to compliment you on your efforts. 🙂 Since you travel with your compost, you might want to try partnering with a local coffee shop to pick up their grounds. Coffee grounds release methane when they decompose in a dump. They make a great addition to compost. Just a suggestion. 🙂 Keep on truckin’.

    Cheers
    Perri

  6. February 12, 2010 07:17

    That is one cool picture. And its biodegradable. Hats off to ya.

  7. February 12, 2010 10:13

    I like your pic! Nice blog too.:)

  8. February 12, 2010 10:29

    Hi thanks for your interesting blog on composting. Before people get started they often think it will be more difficult than it really is. But its so good to see that you seem to be having fun with it. Composting and recycling can make us all feel like we are doing our bit.

    You might be interested in this blog about the bokashi bucket. Its a sealed odour free system that you can use in your kitchen, and you get a great soil conditioner and liquid fertiliser after just 2 weeks! It also takes meat and fish as well as vegetable waste which is really handy!

    http://gardeningwithchildren.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/recycle-your-kitchen-scraps-get-free-fertiliser-in-return/

  9. February 12, 2010 12:52

    Hi Krystal,
    Thank you for working on making a difference.
    When my family and I started composting our food waste we found our weekly garbage bag of non-recycables ended up being just a small bag about the size of the one in your photo. Which is tiny for a family.
    We reduced our waste by choicing vegetables and fruits that were not packaged, cereal that is in bags without boxes etc and we simply brought cloth bags to the store for our food.
    If it is of interest to you and your readers you can find ideas on how to make a small compost bin ideal for apartment on the City of Vancouver, BC website. This is the link. http://vancouver.ca/ENGSVCS/solidwaste/garbage/garbagetips.htm
    In addition, as a business person I stopped printing books I wrote instead I offer e-books. As you know there are so many ways we can make a difference.
    Best of success to you,
    David
    http://www.TheWonderTechnique.com

  10. February 12, 2010 13:55

    Awesome! A huge step towards making a greener surrounding.

  11. Farzee permalink
    February 14, 2010 19:38

    Your research and topics are so cool: it is food for thought and it has change me into going green and making a difference on our planet;keep up the good work!

  12. Adriana permalink
    June 16, 2014 11:07

    Since you are part of the “traveling compost “crowd (me too) you might consider the Bag To Nature recyclable bags. They are much sturdier than BioBags. You can get them on Target.com (cheapest), Walmart.com and homedepot.com.

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