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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

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Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

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Posted:So one thing I was really excited about in moving to SF was the urban composting program. Basically, you have a green bin. You put all your compostables in the bin and they pick it up once a week. Great, right?

Well, I overlooked one small detail: now I have a compost bin outside my apartment building. It stinks. There are black flies the size of small sparrows coming in my windows all the time. The smell can get nauseating. And even once emptied, the bin still stinks and still attracts the flies.

Did I mention the stink and the flies? wink

So yeah, I think urban composting isn't such a great idea, after all.

My alternative is this: In-sink garbage disposal. See, the entire idea of composting is to return organic matter to the biosphere, rather than burying it in a landfill where it sits and does nothing. An in-sink disposal reduces organic waste to tiny particles that can then be easily broken down by bacteria or filter feeders and returned to the biosphere. It's also more convenient and it doesn't cause stink and flies.

So I won't be composting. I'll be throwing it down the drain with the grinder on.


-Mike )'(
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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13921
Posted: Written by :Icarus


the amount of energy needed to grind something up in a disposal unit and then transport it and then treat it must be huge?!



Not sure how it compares to the trucks that come and empty the compost bins. There are plusses and minuses to everything, I suppose. But massive flies are just not my style.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Bender_the_Offender
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

Bender_the_Offender

still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Total posts: 6979
Posted:aerobins have dropped in price in melb to AU$375

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perhaps that price drop has tricked down elsewhere smile
yay for less expensive earobic breakdown

http://www.aerobin400.com/


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