As of March 2013, Live Green Apartments started composting at 241 Brimhall with Troje's Trash and Recycling. In the first 3 months we collected almost half a ton of organic materials. Eventually, we hope to bring composting to all of our buildings.
What is composting and why do it? Troje's explains: "Organic materials like food and yard waste decompose naturally to make compost. Compost is a nutrient rich soil amendment which helps replenish our soils, reduce soil erosion, and helps prevent contamination of our lakes and streams by preventing stormwater runoff. Organics comprise about 25% of what we throw away as trash. By recycling organics we keep these materials out of landfills and incinerators. Decomposing organic material in landfills creates methane gas--a powerful contributor to global warming. Composting reduces garbage and saves money on trash bills."
The following items can be composted:
- All food waste, including: meat, fish, bones, fruits, vegetables, bread, pasta, bakery items, eggshells, rice and beans.
- Food soiled paper, such as: paper towels, napkins, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, waxed cardboard, wax paper, refrigerated and frozen food boxes, paper cups, paper plates, paper milk cartons.
- Yard waste, including: plants and flowers as well as leaves, branches and grass clippings.
- Liquids, grease, cooking oil
- Plastics or styrofoam
- Kitty litter, pet droppings
- Diapers, wipes
- Glass, metal, foil
Composting is simple! All you need to do is collect organic recyclables in a container like a plastic bucket and dump them out in the marked bins behind the building. Troje's will pick up the compost once a week.
You don't have to use a bag to collect compost, but if you want to use a bag Troje's recommends the following products: BioBag "Certified Compostable", EcNow Tech "Compost Me", EcoSafe "6400 Line", Glad "Compostable Kitchen" and Nature-Tec "Natur-Bag Compostable".
The following local stores all sell biodegradable bags that can be used for composting:
- Whole Foods
- Cub Foods
- ACE Hardware
You can also visit BPI World for more information on compostable products.
The City of St Paul also has information about composting locally on its web site.
Ramsey County helped set up the composting at this building. Here is an article about it.