Reducing Your Footprint
Canadians have one of the biggest ecological footprints per capita in the world. As a resource rich country, we have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the future health of our country and our community. Composting is one way we can help.
Whether you own a condo, townhome or a house, recycling your organic waste is an excellent way to do your part. If you have the space to set up a compost bin, here is the basic formula for a healthy and productive composting program.
Organic Material: Add equal amounts of GREENS and BROWNS. Green organics are high in nitrogen, and brown organics are high in carbon. Add alternate layers of brown and green material to increase the efficiency of the composting. Bury food scraps in the center of the pile, under a layer of soil or finished compost.
Moisture: Keep the compost about as damp as well rung out rag. Be sure to check moisture and sprinkle with water when dry.
Air: Aerate or ‘turn’ the compost to help the material decompose more quickly. Turn the pile every 2 to 3 weeks. You may also use a broom handle to poke holes throughout the pile.
Ready to use
Follow the steps above and it will generally take 2 – 3 months to produce finished compost. You'll know your compost is ready when it no longer has traces of the green and brown material. The finished compost will be dark brown and have an earthy smell. In most cases the bottom of the compost is ready to use while the top is still decomposing.
Every contribution we make helps. Composting our organic waste is one of the best ways we can make a difference in reducing our eco-footprint.