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I am a senior in high school. What would be the best method for composting on a large school wide scale? Answered

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A good name

10 years ago

Just get a couple of compost bins (or build one) my school composts and they ran the whole year on two turning compost bins without them even filling up (Our school has about 500 people in it)

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Afka

10 years ago

Vermicomposting! (aka worm compost) Look it up, I'm sure you will attract lots of attention and get lots of interested volunteers. Not only does it happen much quicker then regular aerobic composting, you don't need to constantly turn it. Not to forget, the worm casings are a wonderful soil amendment, which could be used for school gardening projects, or sold for fund raising. Oh, and the worms multiply rather quickly, you will have enough to share, for home worm bins, or multiplying your operation! Starting up is really easy, all you need is a Rubbermaid bin some red worms, and organic waste. The internet has a TON of resources, look it up and good luck!

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rich_moe

10 years ago

If you are talking about composting household/kitchen scrap waste, you might want to just pile it up in layers, each layer about 6"-10" deep, with a layer of 'lime' (quicklime, or Calcium Oxide) between to cut down on the smell and promote decomposition. After piling on, cover with a large tarp that is weighed down on the pile; this traps the heat, and allows for any liquid evaporating to be caught and re-moisten the compost pile. Give it about 3-6 months, then go give it a turn to give it some airation. Depending on how large and how dense the waste material is, it can take 9-12 months in order to get a usable mulch.

If you want to start a movement, that is where people skills come into play. You may need some land in order to create the compost pile, and some volunteers to transport the waste to the composting area. Regular maintenence is necessary, but takes about 4 hours, one day a week.