You already want to
You already want to compost food waste.
We all want to reduce waste sent to landfill.
Communication with the neighbors:
| Dave wanted some pointers
and tips on improving his current city supplied black plastic outdoor
composter system. His main complaint was lack of breakdown, and
Objective: Functional Rodent-Free Compost System
Currently Dave utilizes a Boston City promoted black composting dome barrel. He has moderate problems with rodents, and very slow decomposition in his compost bin.
Problems: Slow compost action. Rodents.
Below please find some options for improving your current compost system, or modifying it for optimum results.
Recommendations for improving this within the current system include:
Recommendations for mollification of the rodent problem include:
J. was concerned about how foodcycling might attract pests
like bedbugs, roaches, and rats.
Thanks for your interest in composting kitchen scraps in Allston.
Your concerns about rats, roaches and bed bugs are valid! I too live in Lower Allston, and have for more than 15 years, we have worked with our neighbors to discourage pest infestations. Please let me mollify your fears.
First and easiest, bed bugs do not eat kitchen scraps, just human flesh. So composting will not exacerbate this issue.
Second concern, the rats that have so recently invaded Lower Allston. Rats always live within 100 feet of their food and water source. So your best bet for having a rat problem is if you or your neighbor leaves his trash barrels uncovered. Currently most people put their kitchen waste in these open barrels thus providing an inviting food source for the rats. The best way to discourage rats is to eliminate all food sources and discourage or disturb active nesting cites.
If all food were eliminated from our neighborhood trash barrels, and placed instead in sealed compost containers, the rats would be quite disinterested in the leftover plastic bits, paper scraps, and batteries left over. Though rats and mice are known to eat paper, one can imagine it to be less preferable.
Last, Roaches. New roach infestations are often triggered by a resident unwittingly bringing them inside, in a shopping bag, moving box, or on the bottom of your shoe! One pregnant roach can start a nasty infestation. Roaches can feed on paper and glue, and like to live in moist wood under your bathroom plumbing, among other places. As with rats and mice, when food waste is sealed out of reach and removed from the trash bins, it is no longer an attractive source of food. With food waste no longer accessible, one might argue that rat and roach trouble could be REDUCED through proper food waste recycling! This could be a goal, and a reason to encourage our neighbors to properly compost kitchen scraps.
So when I compost your food waste, you will collect it in a 5 gallon bucket with a locking lid. When I pick this up, the compost goes into a sealed plastic compost tumbler that is raised off of the ground and tumbled daily. Inside the compost tumbler the food waste is transformed into loam within about 3 weeks.
If you are interested in joining our composting effort, please visit our website at http://wormorama.com to sign up for the service, or mail in the signup form. If you are interested in composting your own food waste on site, we have simple plans at our website that allow you to build a wire mesh based composter, with a lid.
Feel free to reply,
and we appreciate your interest!