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Why compost?

Hawaii's next export to the United States could be ---trash. Oahu, our most populated island, is investigating the option of sending some of its garbage to the mainland, 2,600 miles away. Hawaiian residents produce 10 pounds of trash per resident a day, compared with 4.5 pounds for mainland residents, because of its heavy tourist traffic and Hawaii's importation of nearly everything --- from fresh vegetables to construction materials(www.usatoday.com). According to the final report of 2006 Waste Characterization Study published by City and County of Honolulu, Oahu residents, on average, 17% and 22% out of the total amount of waste generated by Oahu residents are green waste and other organic materials, which are both compostable.

Composting recycles or "downcycles" organic household and yard waste and manures into an extremely useful humus-like, soil end-product called compost. Examples are fruits, vegetables and yard clippings. Ultimately this permits the return of needed organic matter and nutrients into the foodchain and reduces the amount of "green" waste going into landfills. Composting is widely believed to speed up the natural process of decomposition appreciably as a result of the raised temperatures that often accompany it. The elevated heat results from exothermic processes, and the heat in turn reduces the generational time of microorganisms and thereby speeds the energy and nutrient exchanges taking place. Wikipedia. Retrieved September 15, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composting#Home_composting

To learn more about composting, visit following clickable links;

+ Humongous Fungus Tour, see how we compost over 100 tons per year to grow mushrooms

+Guide to composting at home, It's not that hard.

+ Eartheasy, A guide to composting.

+ Online compost calculator, calculate the best mix by providing C:N ratios.

 

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What can you compost with NatureMill Automatic Compost Machine?

The compost machine can compost the following items:

fruit, vegetable scraps, meat, chicken, fish, fish bones, shrimp tails, cheese, eggs, egg shells, tea leaves, grass, plant clipping, wood shavings(untreated, unpainted wood), bread, rice, pasta, grains, nuts, nut shells, straw, dry flowers, small yard leaves, coffee grounds and paper filters.

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