Category: Compost

Sheet Mulch to Smother Weeds and Build Soil

When I first moved into my house, sheet mulching quickly became my new best friend in the quest to turn my front garden bed – a sea of weeds – back into something resembling a garden. Sheet mulching is a…

Schools can be teaching kids the 3 R’s

Juanita High School students have recently learned that with minimal effort, they have reduced their lunchroom waste by half! The school initiated their lunchroom sorting system in spring of 2015. With ongoing education, the students have learned that food, paper…

worm bin bedding made of leaves and shredded cardboard

Turn Garbage into Gold and Rot Into Riches!

Guest post by Maren Neldam, Environmental Program Coordinator at Seattle Tilth Compost happens. In a natural ecosystem, plants and animals regularly add organic matter to the soil through physiological and biological processes. These organic deposits feed a whole world of…

Random Acts of Kindness Through Waste

Have you noticed your Facebook friends capturing random acts of kindness? Well if you haven’t – you can be the first. I have friends that walk elderly people across the street, pay for the person behind them in the coffee…

Waste Reduction At Work: Compostable Partyware

The holiday season is here! It seems like office parties double around this time of the year. While they are a great way to get to know your colleagues and enjoy great food, they also generate a lot of garbage…

Kirkland Composts!

On October 11th, I went for a ride-along on the food recycling route with Waste Management. I got up REALLY early (3:45am), squeezed into the trucks tiny side seat (I am 6’1”) and witnessed how the route is done. Why?…

Great (Trashy) Places to Visit for Free

I’m sure we can all remember back in school when it was “field trip day.”  It was an opportunity to get a break from the daily monotony of the classroom, see the world, and experience and learn something new.  Whether…

Composting 101

We see the word everywhere: compostable! We can even compost food at a Mariner’s game, but when you ask most people, no one seems to know, just what is compost? Composting is nature’s process of recycling organic materials into what…