“Remember folks, composting is recycling” – the famous Wiggle E. Worm“The Riverside County Master Composters gave a very informative presentation on backyard composting at the Palm Springs library on Saturday morning. One of the factors that lead to the creation of this program is the observation that 30% of the waste dumped in the county landfills is green waste. And this green waste, instead of being composted and turned into valuable, nutrient rich compost actually creates methane which fuels global warming and contributes to climate change.

Composting is really a win-win practice, for the environment and the county, as well as for you, and your garden that will thrive with your homemade compost – which contains a lot more nutrients than the compost or fertilizers than you can purchase for $$$ from big corporations in big chain stores.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, but are considering composting, you’ll find some great resources below.

However, if you’re serious about giving composting a good try, I really recommend you attend the next scheduled workshop which will be on November 21, in Cathedral City. These workshops are free, and there are two types of bins that can be purchased at county subsidized rates.

Compost, Your Own Carbon Piggy Bank :

According to the Rodale Institute, organic farms that fertilize with compost can sequester carbon at a rate of up to 3,200 kg/ha/yr.

Under the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism, cities in the Global South are composting their organic waste (wood, straw, coffee residues, fresh green material and manure) to create carbon credits. Composting avoids methane emissions and also improves the soil fertility of the degraded soil. Soil & More, the global composting project, gets 1 carbon credit equals to 1 ton of CO2e emissions reductions for every ton of compost produced.

Some US cities have also begun municipal composting. San Francisco has the nation’s first mandatory composting law. The city already converts over 400 tons of food scraps and other compostable discards into high-grade organic compost every day. It’s snapped up by farms and vineyards across the Bay Area. By requiring all residents and businesses to compost, the city will be able to increase the amount of “black gold” available for sustainable regional agriculture and improve our environment.

But it’s not just farmers and cities, you can compost at home!
So, if you haven’t already, take your food, lawn, garden waste – even poop – and make your very own carbon piggy bank: COMPOST!”
Information provided by Geraldine Carpentier of the Palm Springs Green Team, written by

By Alexis Baden-Mayer – Organic Consumers Association, October 21, 2009

Video: How to compost in your backyard!

Video: How to compost in your apartment with worms!

Video: How to compost in the bathroom with a composting toilet!
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