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Guide to Home Composting

Why should I compost?Food scraps make up one third of a typical household’s trash. When food scraps are sent to the landfill, they take up space in our limited landfills and contribute to increased production of methane and toxic leachate. If all the food scraps in Vermont were composted...

Compost Monitoring Log

There are four primary monitoring practices that you should employ to one degree or another. These are: pile temperature, pile moisture content, pile odor, and a visual inspection of the site and piles. You'll want to first read “Monitoring Compost Piles”. Then, print out the Composting...

Monitoring Compost Piles: How and Why

Monitoring compost piles is done for several reasons. Primarily, monitoring is done to provide the composter with insight as to what is happening in the compost pile during composting, such as the microbial activity and other pile conditions that will impact microbial activity. This information can...

Feedstock Sampling Protocol

When sampling feedstocks you are attempting to obtain a representative sample of a given material. You will eventually secure a one-quart to one-gallon sample (check with your lab for their preference); however the pile you are sampling from could contain 10, 100 or 1000 (or more) yards of material...

Site Identification & Development

The quality of your composting site will have a significant impact on your management efficiency, the ease of pile management and the quality of the compost produced on the site. Most importantly, the space available for composting and moisture management on the site will affect how you compost,...

Recipe Development Worksheet

Recipe development is employed by composters to develop compost recipes that are well-suited for the decomposer microorganisms who will drive the process – approximately 60% moisture, a ratio of 25 -30 parts carbon per part nitrogen, and a bulk density of 1000 pounds per cubic yard or...

Determining Your Compost Pad Size

This worksheet will help you work through the necessary calculations for determining the size of your composting site. In each step a description of the step is provided, along with an example. Cumulatively, these steps will help you determine the area required for your composting activities...

SCHOOL TOOL: Composting Options

This document will provide you with the big picture considerations associated with operating different kinds of composting systems at your school. There are four types of composting systems compared here:On-site bin systemOn-­site forced air system (similar to a bin system but with included...

SCHOOL TOOL: Planning & Implementing a Program for Success

This document is part of the (On-Site School Composting Toolkit)Composting programs at schools are an opportunity to empower an ethic of environmental stewardship and participatory ecology in young minds and for students to build investment in their future. Students, staff, and volunteers find...

Poster: Extreme Home Composting Webinars

POSTER FOR WEBINARS - WINTER 2014Join us for a free webinar to learn about what compost is; what the best composting system is for you; how to start your compost system; and how to manage that system effectively. These webinars are free and open to all.

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