Entries by Lynn Lucas

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Estimating volumes for composting

Estimating organic waste volumes for composting  Imagine you’re the facilities manager for a large commercial building or institution, staring at a row of overflowing carts or roll-off boxes sidled up to the wall in the alley or back parking lot.  They’re filled with crumpled paper, reams of old reports, food leftovers, used coffee pods, an avalanche of plastic bottles […]

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Global warming — Earth’s ‘carb’ overload 

Global warming — Earth’s ‘carb’ overload  Whether the basis for climate change is over-reliance on fossil fuels, loss of jungle canopy, too many chemical fertilizers, a natural phenomenon, all of the above, or none of the above – the fact remains that global temperatures are showing an upward trend.   Some claim the climb is caused by industrialization.   Others disagree and […]

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FAQ: How do I sterilize soil?

FAQ: How do I sterilize soil? When making your own potting soil from native soil or trucked in topsoil, it’s a good idea to sterilize that dirt to kill things like weed seeds and diseases before mixing with compost and other ingredients.  Large swaths of ground can be treated in-situ (in place) using plastic and […]

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Good compost starts with a good recipe 

Good compost starts with a good recipe  Whether making a small batch or a big one, following basic instructions will get composting done right.  While baking relies on an external heat source to trigger a myriad of chemical reactions, and composting generates heat as a result of biological activity, both processes have a great deal in common – including the end result.  Whether baking cupcakes or making compost, a quality […]

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What is composting and how does it work?

What is composting and how does it work?  Composting is the managed degradation of plant and animal matter under aerobic (with air) conditions.  The process mimics natural decay in a controlled environment to speed up the breakdown of these organics. Composting results in a safe and easy-to-use soil amendment — compost. Insects and bacteria are examples of the […]

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We can build a composting facility for you

Yes, we can build a composting facility for you Do you want to build a composting facility?  Are you — A private waste management company hauling 35,000 tons or more of biodegradable waste annually and paying more than the U.S. average tipping fee to dispose of that waste at a landfill,  WTE facility, or incinerator? […]

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How to make topsoil

How to make topsoil When you order topsoil, do you really know what you’re getting?   In some developed areas,  most of the topsoil has been scraped away or eroded.  What passes as topsoil is really subsoil – nearly dead dirt.  It will not function like good soil. The good news?  You can make your own, […]

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How much compost for my garden?

How much compost for my garden? Compost makes a great addition to any garden plan.  But how much compost do you need? A new plot in sand may require wheelbarrows of the stuff.  But if you are digging up a patch of lawn that has seen repeated compost applications over the years, the soil beneath […]

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How much does compost weigh?

How much does compost weigh? Depending on moisture level, figure 2 to 2.5 cubic yards of compost per ton.  A one cubic foot bag of compost will weigh about 40 pounds (1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet). A product shipped at 30 percent moisture will weigh less than one at 60 percent when it crosses […]

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Are compost and fertilizer the same?

Are compost and fertilizer the same? Compost and fertilizer are not the same. But compost does have fertilizer value. Wikipedia describes fertilizer as “any material of natural or synthetic origin that is applied to soil or to plant tissues to supply one or more plant nutrients essential to the growth of plants.” Compost’s nitrogen, phosphorus, […]