Getting Ready for Earth Day: Compost Your Organic Waste


Yesterday, we mentioned some tips for growing some of your own food, a process that can be tricky, especially if you don't have your own garden or a particularly green thumb. When it comes to strategies that help your garden grow, adding compost is a great way to mulch and add nutrients without using industrial fertilizers (not to mention a good use of food leftovers and other organic waste). Here are some tips and products that can help you compost and help the planet for Earth Day.

1) BluePlanetSMART's globe-shaped composter is faster and more functional thanks to its spherical shape, and is better-looking than a lot of composters we've seen.
2) The Stiga kitchen composting system allows you to inject your fresh kitchen scraps into the bottom of the pile using a lever ram system, which helps the new scraps get composting faster and keeps the stink down.
3) NatureMill's onboard computer controls the mixing and air flow, brewing up delicious compost about every two weeks without funky compost odors or having to hand-turn the mixture.
4) Compostadores is the first (and only, so far) company that we've seen that specializes in domestic composting in Europe.
5) New York City has its own map that shows you where to take your kitchen scraps and organic waste so it can be composted and naturally recycled into rich soil, with tips and tricks for starting compost yourself.
6) San Francisco has incorporated composting into its recycling system, taking food scraps from 2,000 restaurants to make compost, and the city is offering free classes in composting this weekend!
7) Vermiculture (composting using worms) has caught Martha Stewart's eye and you can do it, too, with this Can-O-Worms Condo.
8) Artist Amy Youngs' digestive table gives new meaning to the term "dining table," using worms to compost your leftovers right at the table.
9) The Happy Farmer Kitchen Composter is made from 70% recycled plastic and, according to a TH reader, doesn't smell at all.

Happy composting! For more info on greener eating practices, check out TreeHugger's How to Green Your Meals guide and stay tuned for more tips in anticipation of Earth Day.

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