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Wishing Well Composter Compost Bin Review

Fall is coming fast and it is going to be time to start raking leaves.  Why not turn those leaves into nutrient-rich compost for your spring flowers and garden?

The Wishing Well Composter Compost Bin is the perfect solution for turning those leaves into wonderful compost.  This large round compost bin holds 18 cubic feet of material, which is over 50% more capacity than most other compost bins on the market.  Just dump all those leaves from your yard into the Wishing Well Composter and end up with great compost for your garden. 

The Wishing Well Compost Bin is very sturdy and extremely simple to assemble.  In fact, assembly only takes 15 minutes and requires no tools!  The Wishing Well Compost Bin also includes a “Guide to Backyard Composting.”

Specifications:

  • Attractive brick pattern
  • 30" tall X 36" diameter
  • 18 cubic feet or 135 gallon capacity
  • Comes with Lid with central rainwater hole
  • Handholds for lifting bin from contents
  • 2 ft. access gate
  • Stainless steel hardware

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Carver county composting project: A model for the nation

More than 900 Carver county residents are trading their oversized trash cans for smaller ones these days due to the county’s new organic recycling program. And, they’re making a great impact on the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in the process. 

Different from the regular recycling program of aluminum and tin cans, newspapers, glass, and plastics, Carver county residents are able to throw items like used pizza boxes, paper plates, egg shells and ice cream containers into an organic recyclables container to be turned into compost for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Yard waste, food waste and tiny microorganisms create a nutrient-rich compost perfect for planting. 

The program involves residents separating various organic recyclables into specific bins, which are then hauled away to the Arboretum’s composting site. Once there, the materials are ground, mixed, turned, cured and screened before it is available compost. The process takes about six months. 

Environmentalists around the country are eager to duplicate this initiative says Ginny Black, the recycling specialist from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She adds,

"There’s a high percentage of materials that we are throwing away that could be taken out of the landfills and brought to a facility like this and made into a beneficial product."

And, doing so will reduce our waste and leave the planet a better place. 

Article Source:  http://www.examiner.com/x-21121-Minneapolis-Green-Parenting-Examiner~y2009m8d27-Carver-county-composting-project-A-model-for-the-nation

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SAN FRANCISCO ADDS COMPOST MANDATE TO RECYCLING PROGRAM

San Francisco residents and businesses will be required to separate from their trash all potential compost, in addition to separating all recyclable materials, under a new law passed by the city’s Board of Supervisors.

How steep are the fines?

  • Passed by a 9-2 vote, the new law authorizes the city to fine individual citizens up to $100 per violation, and businesses up to $500 per violation, if they don’t properly segregate recyclable or compostable refuse from their trash.
  • Fines also can be imposed if garbage collectors notice an individual citizen is not submitting at least a cubic yard of refuse for composting each week.
  • The regulation came at the request of Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) in working toward the city’s stated goal of sending nothing to its landfill by 2020; the city already diverts 72 percent of its waste away from its landfill.

Under the new law, expected to take effect this fall, each home- and business-owner will be required to use three recycling bins: a green one for composting food and yard debris; a blue one for recycling bottles, cans, and paper; and a black one for garbage that cannot be recycled or composted.

A spokesperson for the city’s Environment Department, the agency tasked with overseeing the new law, said it will exercise restraint in issuing fines, reserving them for repeat offenders.

Critics counter that the city has broken similar promises in the past, such as its aggressive enforcement of laws prohibiting visible trash cans, even though proponents gained support for such laws only after pledging to exercise restraint in enforcement.

Per Bylund, a summer research fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, notes mandated recycling has been a part of life for years.  But while the government touts the program as a success, it can make that claim only because it doesn’t factor in all the costs and burdens borne by residents and business owners, Bylund said.

A better approach to recycling is to privatize the disposal, recycling, and composting of refuse and allow market prices to provide consumer incentives, Bylund said.

Article Source:  http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=18379

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