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The World In A Garden educates community and youth about the nutritional, cultural and environmental aspects of growing and eating food.
Sep 022010

The Vancouver Courier reports composting takes some know-how to get it right.

The front page of The Vancouver Courier last month stated, “Plastics pose contaminant problems at compost site”.  The article goes on to explain that although individual and collective composting efforts are on the rise in Vancouver, there are some key things that many people don’t practice.

Naoibh O’Connor’s article focused on the hazards of plastics for large-scale compost plants.  This is good to keep in mind especially if you’re participating in the City’s new residential compost plan. As many businesses move to presenting products as more ‘eco-friendly’, many things are promoted as ‘compostable’ or ‘100% biodegradable’.  But, as the Courier tells us, that doesn’t mean that it’s right for composting!

But there’s a lot to learn from this report even if you compost on your own terms.  Whether you keep a vermiculture (worm) system or you’re a keen outdoor or open-air composter, it’s important to get some basic compost training.  There’s no better way to get started than in a friendly outdoor classroom.  Come join us this Sunday, September 5th, to learn from experienced composters about how to get started composting and how to keep it up.  At The World In A Garden’s Compost Workshop we’ll cover natural solutions to common compost problems and have two engaging hands-on demonstrations. 

Soon you’ll be enthusiastically composting at home, without the bother of various contaminant problems that The Vancouver Courier warns us large scale composting can face.