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Old 01-09-2018, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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How I would love to have curbside compost in my community. Just think about how productive whole communities could be with this kind of program, to say nothing about the impact on the environment.

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Old 01-09-2018, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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Glad to see you back. My family member is a widow and young. She is alone in her home and noticed that garbage sat for too long and started to smell. She cut the top off a liter soda bottle and lines it with the daily newspaper bag. She puts all "wet" things in that bag, the things you are composting and tosses it every night to avoid the odor of collecting garbage. Pretty much composting in a much smaller way but hers does go into the garbage, as she is not allowed a compost spot in her community.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Glad to see you back. My family member is a widow and young. She is alone in her home and noticed that garbage sat for too long and started to smell. She cut the top off a liter soda bottle and lines it with the daily newspaper bag. She puts all "wet" things in that bag, the things you are composting and tosses it every night to avoid the odor of collecting garbage. Pretty much composting in a much smaller way but hers does go into the garbage, as she is not allowed a compost spot in her community.
I'm honestly not trying to be a smart butt here, but since all her efforts go into the garbage anyway, why doesn't she just take the garbage bag out sooner so it doesn't smell?
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Glad to see you back.
Thank you very much. It's been a long haul but I'm walking with my walker a bit now and slowly but surely I'll be good as new...well as new as 71 can be after two broken legs!
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Old 01-09-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We have that, but don't use it after a failed attempt. They only pick it up once a week, and you cannot put it into plastic bags, only specially made compostable bags. They start to leak from the moisture in a day or two, with a nasty liquid in the container. If you take them out daily you have to spend a lot on the bags and the bin outside gets nasty. We went back to using the garbage disposal.
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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You don't need a compost pile to compost.

There are several ways for even landless apartment dwellers to have a worm bin. Or do bokashi composting, which was developed specifically to deal with this problem.

I have had curbside recycling available to me for several decades now, it is just about universal in this region. Never used it for food waste. First, it's a (literal) waste, second, I don't like to store it while waiting for it to be picked up.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:45 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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The rats are gonna love you! (they come from no-where.. when your future 'compost' shows up as trash. )

BTDT... so sorry I tried. Rats are MUCH harder to get rid of (once they get to liking your place).

In 30 yrs at this location, I had never seen one. then POOF, they are EVERYWHERE. (not a pretty sight / smell / health issue)
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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I'm honestly not trying to be a smart butt here, but since all her efforts go into the garbage anyway, why doesn't she just take the garbage bag out sooner so it doesn't smell?
No problem at all. She is alone and if she makes a vegetable that requires peeling or chopping or tea or eggs the remains would sit in a large garbage bag for a week. There is little point in tossing a large garbage bag out with nothing in it. She uses a lot of fresh veggies and fruits so this makes far more sense and is np problems for her. To each his own.
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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Thank you very much. It's been a long haul but I'm walking with my walker a bit now and slowly but surely I'll be good as new...well as new as 71 can be after two broken legs!
Hopefully the warmer weather (of the spring) will move that along quickly for you. I recall when I first read that you were off the grid, glad to hear you are healing.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I made the error of buying some potting soil at Lowes that was touted as recycled waste. The composting idea is fantastic, but when you get a group of "don't care" people and growers with problems contributing, then put that waste stream in a for-profit enterprise, bad things can happen. Composting won't take care of all ills. I have no idea what the problem was with what I bought, but plants that normally grew nicely were stunted and non-productive. Some things are best done at home, if possible.
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