[Lab] urban composting

Mike Ayukawa mike.ayukawa at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 10:49:20 EST 2010

Newsprint these days is better than before but still avoid the glossy 
stuff and all
those inserts.
Vericomposting does take effort to harvest the worms.
You really need two bins running in parallel like any composter
since there is a latency between your organic scraps and compost.

If you wanted to automate, I'd take some ideas from the humus toilet
companies.  I've had one of these at the cottage for 10 years.  Needs
replacing and am thinking of one from this company:


On 11/25/2010 10:37 AM, Darcy Whyte wrote:
> I'm a little afraid of chemicals in paper. I understand once the 
> compost is ready, you can use that instead of paper.
> Aside from adding the waste stuff, what other maintenance is there?
> I was thinking of making it automatic. You put junk in one end and 
> soil shows up a the other end. Perhaps can grow some stuff in the soil.
> On Thu, Nov 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM, Mike Ayukawa <mike.ayukawa at gmail.com 
> <mailto:mike.ayukawa at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     I had a vermi-composter setup in my office at Nortel for a couple
>     of years.  That was in 1995 and I can't recall where I got the red
>     worms.
>     Used a rubbermaid box or something like that.
>     You need a good supply of newsprint to keep them happy and having
>     access to a paper shredder makes it a lot less work.  No meat.
>     You get a good surplus of worms that are great for fishing!
>     /Mike
>     On 11/25/2010 10:26 AM, Darcy Whyte wrote:
>         Anybody here ever try balcony composting? What about indoor?
>         Can balcony composting work in this climate?
>         --
>         Darcy Whyte
>         Darcy at Siteware.com
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