One of the key ingredients to helping your organic kitchen scraps and yard trimming compost quickly is heat. Bert Baillie had the brilliant idea to convert old freezers, heading for the landfill, into high heat composters. The insulation works to keep in the heat generated by the decomposing matter.
You can learn how to do a complete freezer to composter conversion yourself by following Bert Baillie’s plans.. You are also welcomed to attend one of the informative freezer conversion workshops hosted by Let’s Talk Trash. Check our Compost Education Center page, or like us on Facebook for up to date workshop information. If you have a freezer that you would like to donate rather than send to the landfill, please contact us or use our online document to connect with others in your community! Also let us know if you are in search of a freezer, and we’ll try to connect you to someone in the community looking to get rid of one. email@example.com
Would you like to compost but currently don’t? A unique program in Powell River may be the answer to help solve your composting woes. The Kitchen Leftovers Exchange program invites you to drop off your kitchen leftovers! Compostable, leak and odour proof bags are provided to collect and transport your food scraps. These bags can then be dropped off at the Community Living Place located on Artaban Street in Cranberry or in the summer months, on Saturdays at the Open Air Market. A pick up service is also available for businesses along Marine Avenue on Fridays . The cost is $2 for small bags and $3 for large bags. Participants of this program will also receive a bag of worm castings at the start of the gardening season. Worm castings are a valuable soil amendment that any garden will love. If you’re interested in this program, please contact Carol Engram at 604.485.2311.
“Bokashi” – Indoor Fermentation
Does the idea of composting all of your kitchen scraps indoors appeal to you? Bokashi, which means fermented organic matter, allows for the additions of meat, fish and dairy without attracting rodents and flies or producing odors. This method requires the addition of ‘friendly microorganisms’ to help with the fermentation process. These can be purchased locally at Mother Nature, or made at home, following a recipe. Detailed plans to create your own Bokashi system are available online. Check our Compost Education Center page, or like us on Facebook for up to date workshop information.
Worms love your kitchen scraps and eat them up quickly. At the same time, they provide you with rich fertilizer known as ‘worm castings.’ By adding just 1 part worm castings to 9 parts soil, plant growth can increase up to 20%. You can create your own worm composting bin by following these worm composting guide instructions. Red wriggler worms are generally used, and these can be purchased from Carol Engram in Wildwood for $20/pound if you sort them yourself, or $30/pound pre-sorted. Please contact Carol Engram at 604.223-4273 for more information. Let’s Talk Trash also puts on worm composting workshops with Carol as host, so check our events calendar for upcoming dates.
Additional Composting Resources
Interesting Compost Decomposition Chart
Let Worms Eat Your Garbage
Delicious Compost Recipes
New Worm Bin Harvest Method
The Let’s Talk Trash team’s Introductory Vermi Guide
Victoria Compost Education Centre
Origami Bin Liner
Composting Handbook (From the creators of the Speedibin)
A City Dweller Test Four Composters
How to Prevent Fruit Flies – Inside & Out
Please let us know if you come across any great composting resources that we should ad to our page. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 604.483.0020.