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Composting at Home.

Most US cities have programs to recycle paper, glass and metal but only a few have programs to collect and compost organic refuse -- the lawn cuttings, garden clippings and food wastes that comprise 20 percent of municipal solid waste. A bin with a 12-cubic-foot capacity can handle about 300-plus liters of food and yard waste -- sufficient for a family of five.

Maintenance is simple: Alternate layers of dry straw, brown leaves and newspapers, green grass and food scraps. Mix at least once every two weeks. Sprinkle dirt over food scraps to kill smells and fly eggs. No meat, fish, dairy goods or oils. Set critter-resistant compost bin in a sunny spot with a sheet of 20-gauge wire screen underneath to keep out burrowing rodents.

For more tricks of the trade, check out BioCycle Magazine, the monthly journal of composting and recycling.
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Publication:Earth Island Journal
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2001
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