Entries by Lynn Lucas

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Organic waste: Sometimes the ‘ain’t broke’ still needs a fix

Organic waste: Sometimes the ‘ain’t broke’ still needs a fix “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and “no need to reinvent the wheel” are favored expressions of people who don’t like change.  And there seem to be a whole lot of  those folks making decisions about organic waste management. But we’d all be riding […]

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ASP composting – penny wise and dollar smart

ASP composting – penny wise and dollar smart There was a time in composting’s history when a method or technology based on anything more sophisticated than simple turning might have been considered risky and experimental. A basic window operation was also cheap.  So choosing this low-tech option seemed like smart thing to do.  But that […]

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Still wooing only low-end compost markets?

Still wooing only low-end compost markets? Years ago, when composting as a service was still in its infancy, “compost markets” could be summed up by one word – agriculture.  It seemed the logical market for a product that, admittedly, was not always top quality and needed to be used far away from sensitive noses. Farmers […]

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There oughta be a composting law

There oughta be a law California has wrapped up a parcel of bills that will, among other things, stop manufacturers from placing recycling/compostable symbols on products that are not recyclable/compostable in that state. They will also stop folks from claiming recycling for plastics shipped offshore where they end up in incinerators and landfills. Tricksy labeling, sleight of hand “recycling” – the […]

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Before starting a composting business, do your homework

Before starting a composting business, do your homework Composting beyond the backyard is no project for a novice.  But anyone can earn some basic composting business chops through research.  The goal is to answer the big questions before spending a dime on formal development activities. Starting a composting business can be a challenge, and we’ve […]

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Composting program stuck in a rut?

Is your composting program stuck in a rut? Traditionally, education designed to alter behaviors has focused on attitude adjustment.  But the primary motivators of modern societies suggest a composting program might be more successful if proponents tried psychologically-based persuasions, instead. Is your community’s composting program stuck in the mud?  We humans do seem to like […]

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A composting gardener’s best friend is … a chicken

A composting gardener’s best friend is … a chicken Puppy dogs, move over.  In the garden, a human’s best friend is a bird. It’s good to have a gardening friend, especially one who can help with the composting, and weeding, and bug patrol – and still have the energy to provide an egg for breakfast […]

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Compost is the perfect companion for lazy gardeners

Compost is the perfect companion for lazy gardeners Whether you lack time, interest, or energy, compost can be the one product that gives you the garden of your dreams without a whole lot of effort. You don’t want to spend the day putzin’ around with the bees, burning your nose to a crisp, or giving your […]

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Composting done right is not one size fits all

Composting done right is not one size fits all Environmental footprints are as varied in size and weight as the people and entities who leave the impressions.   Companies like McGill recycle compostables for some of the largest waste generators in the country.  So why do we support community-scale and backyard composting?  Because composting done right […]

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It’s never too late to start a garden

It’s never too late to start a garden If you could spell procrastinator before anyone else in your class had ever heard the word …  You fully intended to start a garden by seeding tomatoes in February for spring transplanting.  But the packet of seeds is still sitting on top of the microwave. The little 4×8 patch […]