panzade
 
Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 10:27 am
I've been a good boy in lessening the bulk trash I throw out...I've lowered my garbage on the curb to about half a tall kitchen bag a week.

Now I want to return all my organic food waste to my garden. I've been collecting it in various plastic grocery bags and storing it in the fridge because of the fruit flies. I need help designing a container that can sit in the kitchen somewhere and have enough room for a weeks worth of compost...coffee grinds, eggshells, citrus rinds etc.

I'm going batty taking this stuff out every day.

Got any suggestions?
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 10:54 am
I have a friend who has one of these and she loves it: http://naturemill.com/plus.html.

It's kind of pricy.

I keep mine in a coffee can and dump it in the outside bin every couple of days.
mismi
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 11:15 am
@boomerang,
I see a man down the street that has two cages... four pole with supports down the sides and what looks like chicken wire (but it is tighter - small holes). He apparently dumps all of his stuff in it and turns it over with a pitchfork. That is a very low tech and inexpensive way to do it though. It needs air and moisture to break down properly I think.

But I found this and it is easy and very inexpensive
http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Compost-Bin

We have something like it in our backyard.
panzade
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 03:33 pm
@mismi,
thanks for the wiki tip mismi. What I need now is ideas on how to store the material in the kitchen so as to avoid having to take it out to the compost heap after every meal. Ideally, I'd dump it every 4 days or so.
mismi
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 03:56 pm
@panzade,
Gotcha' -
http://www.ehow.com/how_5083688_make-compost-keeper.html

Her ideas are really small though. You are going to want something with a lid so you don't have to keep it in the fridge. I keep mine in a small white plastic lined garbage can that I got at Lowe's - it has a lid. I do not have a problem with flies or smell and it keeps for days.

Sorry - should learn to read better.
Izzie
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 04:17 pm
@panzade,
we have a compost day - grow future together - at school for the little kids on Thurs - will forward you anything that may help. !
panzade
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 04:24 pm
@mismi,
here in Florida the fruit flies are all over it in a matter of hours...it would have to seal real good
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 04:24 pm
@Izzie,
ty izzie ...you're a sweet tart
Izzie
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 04:31 pm
@panzade,
ha - Im a strawberry pavlova Razz hugs panz Very Happy
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spendius
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 04:57 pm
@panzade,
Why don't you eat it all. Then you can flush it away and leave it to the lads who didn't major in any ologies.
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mismi
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 04:58 pm
@panzade,
Mine seals pretty well...don't have a problem with it. But I do empty mine every other day - maybe 3 days. Good luck - hope you find what you are looking for.
panzade
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 06:33 pm
@mismi,
thanks mismi
Swimpy
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 06:37 pm
@panzade,
Red worms.

http://www.cityfarmer.org/wormcomp61.html

http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/composters_composting.htm

It's really easy and you can do it in the kitchen.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Tue 30 Jun, 2009 06:37 pm
@panzade,
Amazon carries these:

http://greatgreengadgets.com/gadgets/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/sscompostpail.jpg

They work great.
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jul, 2009 09:15 am
@Green Witch,
WOW...great find!
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panzade
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jul, 2009 09:17 am
@Swimpy,
excellent! you guys have me on the right path...many thanks
Swimpy
 
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Reply Wed 1 Jul, 2009 01:14 pm
@panzade,
Good luck. Let us know how it works out.
panzade
 
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Reply Fri 12 Feb, 2010 09:07 am
@Swimpy,
Just so you know....
I found a plastic box with a lid at Dollar General for.... $1

It's 6x12x5" high and fits perfectly on the middle shelf of my fridge.
I dump the coffee grinds ,eggshells etc about once a week onto my compost heap.
With all this recycling(paper, plastic glass, and the organic stuff), I end up with one tall kitchen trash bag to put out at the curb every two weeks....SWEET!
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 12 Feb, 2010 11:47 am
@panzade,
Check out this old thread about composting for apartments.

http://able2know.org/topic/129366-1
panzade
 
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Reply Fri 12 Feb, 2010 03:55 pm
@Butrflynet,
neat-o
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