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RE: [GreenYes] indoor composting
Indoor composting can be done in two ways.
1) is by using a completly sealed 'in-vessel' system.  These can be
purchased -such as the 'Earth tub' they are expensive.  They usually consist
of an insulated chamber within which is an auger or paddles to break up and
aerate the material.  Gases and odours are 'scrubbed' throgh a bio filter
and liquor is collected.  In the UK we have been developing low tech models
based on old chest freezers.  These are insulated containers.  A grid on the
bottom of slatted wood allows air flow under neath (slots cut through walls
and fly mesh attatched.  A plastic drainpie acts as a chimney.  This can be
stuffed with a mesh stocking with woodchip in to act as a bio-filter and fly
barrier.  Liquor collected through floor can be watered down to be used as
plant feed.
2) More usual. Worm farming. Not really composting though.  can only deal
with much smaller amounts than in-vessel.  Needs high carbon 'soak'
materials like scrunched paper and cardboard to absorb liquid and balance
C:N ratio.  Well documented elsewhere.  try www.soilfoodweb.com  ?  try a
search.  Its  Elaine Ingham's site or mine on www.othas.org.uk/dccn or /ccn
Nicky Scott 
Chair Community Composting Network - UK

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	andrew weidmann [SMTP:acw1@optonline.net]
> Sent:	03 September 2002 23:48
> To:	greenyes@grrn.org
> Subject:	[GreenYes] 
> 
> Thanks for all the great feedback on William McDonough.  I have started
> reading the articles and had the opportunity to pass information on him on
> to a representative of Pepsi with whom I was communicating about
> recycling.
> 
> I teach middle school special education and work with students in the
> resource room and in their classes.  I work a great deal with reading and
> will try to filter in some of his readings into what we read when we work
> on
> reading comprehension skills.
> 
> Does anyone have or know of a teacher or a school that has a copy of a
> recycling plan?  Disgracefully, My school does not have one currently - or
> at least one that isin practice.
> 
> Does anyone know if any places or stores still take and recycle batteries
> (A, AA, AAA, etc)?  Radioshak does not at least at the locations I have
> visited.
> 
> Finally - and I hope that people do not mind my questions - does anyone do
> indoor composting?  I was told by a friend that did that it would be best
> to
> use a cedar wood box because it helps kill the odors.  I have no means of
> making one and can't find any cedar boxes of the size needed for indoor
> compost.  I would greatly appreciate your guidance.  THANKS!
> 
> Andrew C. Weidmann
> Special Education Teacher, Bedford Central School District
> 
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