I already compost, my family has been since the day we moved in. (Mostly because we had a fruit fly invasion.) We keep all of our food waste (fruit peels, chicken bones, etc) in a plastic bag, and that bag goes in the fridge. (At least in the winter, because we can't put them outside somewhere.) This summmer we're starting a garden, so the compost will probably help with that.
Sprout Food Challenge
Compost All Your Food Waste For A Week - Sprout
When the Vermont Legislature unanimously passed the Universal Recycling (UR) law in 2012, Charlotte Vermontivator Rep. Mike Yantachka was there for the signing! He's standing right behind Gov. Shumlin.
The law bans thowing away recyclables (metal, glass, plastics #1 & #2, and paper/cardboard) by JULY 1, 2015; leaf and yard debris and clean wood by JULY 1, 2016; and food scraps by JULY 1, 2020.
Vermont's Universal Recycling law is going into effect, and everyone will need to start composting their food scraps by July 1! This is important because every metric dry ton of food that goes to a landfill generates about .25 metric tons of methane in the first 120 days. Composting this food waste would reduce emissions by the equivalent of up to 6 metric tons of CO2. Composting also enriches the soil and helps eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
- Get a container which you can put in your kitchen.
- It can be a bucket with a lid or a big bowl with a plate on top. Doesn't really matter.
- You'll also want a container for your food scraps when you're away from home. Maybe a freezer baggie or Tupperware.
- Decide where you're going to put your food waste. This might be the part that takes a little time.
- Will get you get a compost bin and start composting in your own yard? If so, check out Resources for composting tips.
- Will you find a team-mate, friend, or neighbor with a compost pile?
- Is there a drop-off center near you?
- If you're handing off your compostables, make sure you schedule a time for the pickup!
Where to get a compost bin for your yard:
- Green Mountain Compost (They have $54 bins for residents of Chittenden County AND a drop-off center if you want to give them your compost.)
- Gardener's Supply
- Maven Compost Bins (They're handmade in Vermont AND animal-proof!)
Special Note About How Act 3 Works:
- This list of things to do here in Sprout will take you through to the end of Act 3. You can edit and/or add your own as well.
- You'll work through the list in Grow, making notes along the way.
- You'll report back in Harvest.
- Have fun!