The number of Maine schools that are diverting food waste is growing! Some schools have signed up for a composting service, while others compost their food waste on site. Other schools send their food waste to an anaerobic digester or partner with local pig farmers. If you don’t see your school on the list we Read More
Hosting Thanksgiving? Skip disposable utensils and show off your special china. Cloth napkins add warmth and cut down on waste. Compost food scraps, and fill your dishwasher to capacity—on average, they use between seven and 15 gallons of heated water per wash. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Read More
If your compost pile has an offensive odor, it may need more carbonaceous material. Try covering it with a thick layer of straw, hay, wood chips, or dead weeds. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Recent research shows that unturned compost piles contain up to 13% more nitrogen. Use it by simply scraping off the uncomposted layer on the outside, then shovel out the compost on the inside. Use the uncomposted bits to start your next pile. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Read More
Looking for a cheap, environmentally friendly alternative to a septic system for your camp? Consider a sawdust composting toilet – there are many models now on the market at a variety of stores. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
If your compost pile is attracting unwanted critters, don’t give up. Build a barrier out of chicken wire around your composter. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Sweeping leaves, twigs, and other yard debris into the street can lead to plugged culverts and storm drains, which could flood roads as well as your yard. Rake up debris and put it into your compost pile. If sand has built up near your driveway, ask your town about street sweeper services—of one their jobs Read More
by Maureen Milliken Mainebiz news story The eco-focus that’s helped spur the local food movement is also galvanizing the other end of the food chain: food waste disposal. Two municipal pilot programs this year are being watched to see if Maine residents will commit to regular composting. But those who handle the waste say they Read More
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff Bangor Daily News news story Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what happens to waste once it’s been thrown out or flushed away. But Mark King and the other members of the Maine Compost Team are not like most people. King, an environmental specialist with the Read More