A few years ago, I was reading an article in a green magazine (the name now escapes me) that the average North American household should have very little garbage due to recycling and composting. Since many cities have recycling, most of our glass, plastics, papers and tins can be recycled. Since organic matter can be composted, that leaves very little “actual” garbage to fill the landfills. Right?
Most people I know have been quite diligent about their recycling habits. Some cities even have “wet garbage” collection and when I lived in Toronto, our municipality also offered composters to its residents! They were these big drum-like contraptions where you put all your organic waste in and it turned it into rich, healthy compost for your garden.When I lived in Montreal, I practiced vermicomomposting. It wasn’t too difficult to do and the worms were surprisingly not icky at all! I’m a big wuss when it comes to creepy crawly things, but I had no problems with these wormies! The worms I used were called red wigglers. They were extremely efficient at converting household waste into nutrient rich fertilizer. Under the right conditions, the worms pretty much take care of themselves! Of course, you need to maintain the bins, but you will be happy to know that there are no stinky odours if you manage your vermiculture properly.
I gave up my vermicomposting when I moved from Montreal to Toronto. I discovered that my dad had used my red wigglers to feed his fancy goldfish (Japanese Ryukins and Orandas) and to go fishing! He used me $30/1 lb worms for bait!!!
If you are a bit uncomfortable handling worms, then there are other ways to compost. My grandfather always kept a handmade compost bin by his garden and he and my grandmother were very diligent at composting their fruits and veggie scraps every day.
Here on the Island, I just put my fruit & veggie scraps on the far side of my garden, where I have a compost heap. However, if you live in the city and don’t have any place or room to compost in your backyard, you can try something like this:
You can compost in your own kitchen! This can be done year-round and it’s good for the environment! This particular composter is called the Nature Mill PRO Indoor Composter. Even though I already compost in my garden, I’m almost tempted to get one of these babies!
The company even has a Pet-Friendly Nature Mill to dispose of pet waste. This is something I am looking into because I’ve been trying to find an earth-friendly way to dispose of the waste from our beloved feline and canine babies! This may just be it! The price is a bit steep, but I haven’t had much luck in finding many green ways of disposing of that nasty cat and dog poop!
Cross-posted at Green Is Her New Blog.