Composting, along with proper recycling, is a great way to reduce the amount of trash that is added to our waste stream.
Through our video series, we'll help you to begin composting at home.
1. Sorting Your Waste
Properly sorting your refuse into garbage, recycling, or compostable waste bins is the first step in composting.
This first video will help you to determine which items belong in each category.
The students at D'Youville Porter Campus learn about correctly sorting their trash.
Composting with the addition of specialized worms is called vermicomposting. These worms will eat the food scraps and organic matter in your compost bin, and excrete compost castings.
While normal composting will yield useable compost in about 6 - 8 months, worms will produce castings in as little as 2 months!
3. Building a Worm Composting Bin
You can begin vermicomposting at home using a few simple materials that can be acquired at any home goods store.
In addition to a home for the worms, you'll also need a continual supply of food as well as bedding materials.
Bedding is where the worms will live when not feeding. Approved bedding materials include shredded paper, cardboard, or newspaper; coconut coir, peat moss, and dried leaves.
Composting worms can be sourced locally from one of our school gardens. Contact the garden manager for more details.
Step by step directions to create your own home worm composting bin.
4. Feeding Your Worms
Correctly feeding your worms ensures a healthy compost bin with plentiful worms that will produce the best compost.
Red wiggler composting worms can eat most fruit or vegetable scraps, but there are a few exceptions such as spicy peppers or citrus fruit.
Test your knowledge of recycling, composting, and worm composting by taking a short quiz. Successful entries will be eligible to win a home composting kit!
5. All About Red Wigglers
Have you wondered how worms can breathe without any lungs?
Or what a worm cocoon looks like?
Our Red Wigglers video details an up close look at these worms and how they're specially suited to turn organic matter into compost.