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The Pet Poo Pocket Guide


How to Safely Compost & Recycle Pet Waste – Forthcoming May 2015

By Rose Seemann
New Society
May 2015

Eighty-three million dogs and ninety-six million cats call the US home. Dogs alone produce enough waste to fill more than 1,091 football fields 1 foot deep in a single year. Add billions of plastic pick-up bags to the mix, and season well with tons of litter box waste. Scoop a hefty portion into local landfills and seal it tightly to ensure optimal methane production. Clearly, this is a recipe for disaster.

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March 16, 2015   No Comments

Steel City Soils provides compost to city gardens in Braddock, Pittsburgh

Dedicated composter Jeff Newman, owner of Steel City Soils, helps build food-growing soils from waste. Photo by Adam Reinherz.

“We need to figure out how to sell product to people running urban farms and community gardens.”

By Adam Reinherz
The Jewish Chronicle
Jan. 7, 2015


Newman began volunteering with Braddock Farms, an urban garden located on the corner of Braddock Avenue and 10th Street. After several years, Newman achieved two realizations: “I wanted to support urban farming,” he said, “and I wanted to help people grow food.”

Newman, a University of Pittsburgh graduate who studied electrical engineering, researched composting, a process of mixing decaying organic substances. He recognized its value and subsequently developed Steel City Soils, LLC.

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January 20, 2015   Comments Off

Metro Vancouver (population 2.5 million) bans food waste from the garbage

Organics disposal ban. Waste will be taken to compost facilities in the region

Metro Vancouver
January 2, 2014


Why food scraps in garbage are a problem

When food and other organic materials end up in the garbage they:

Create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that adds to global warming. In the landfill, buried under layers of waste and without access to oxygen, food can’t decompose properly.

Use up a lot of precious landfill space. Space is limited, and creating more landfills is undesirable. Over 30% of what we send to the landfill in our region is compostable organics.

Make waste-to-energy processes less efficient because of their high moisture content. About a third of the region’s waste is disposed in the waste-to-energy facility.

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January 2, 2015   Comments Off

Greenlid’s compostable food scraps bucket is made from recycled cardboard

“In Canada all municipal compost facilities have their own set of guidelines but all accept egg cartons and soiled paper.”

Excerpts from web site:

What is the container made from?

The Greenlid container is made of end of life recycled cardboard and newsprint. It is the same material that egg cartons are made from. The shredded/pulped cardboard is made into our Greenlid container shape and this allows the containers to effectively break down in compost facilities and active home compost piles just like those egg cartons.

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December 28, 2014   Comments Off

Student-designed “Vermiculture Furniture” for home composting

Photo by Amy Youngs /Ann Silverman.

“Vermiculture Furniture” course held at Ohio State University

By Kimberley Mok
February 10, 2014


Hoping to use design to bridge the gap between worms and humans in the home, Kay Bea Jones, Associate Professor of Architecture at Ohio State University, along with artist Ann Silverman and Associate Professor of Art Amy Youngs, recently taught a “Vermiculture Furniture” course that got fourteen students of different disciplines to come up with their own idea of what it means to “design with the compost cycle in mind, and invite worms into the home.” On the course page they explain how a thoughtfully designed kitchen could do much to integrate and “normalize” composting in our daily lives:

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February 17, 2014   Comments Off

The Compost Club in Sonoma County, California


A loan of $5,000 helps me to buy materials (culvert and shade cloth), plywood lids, worms, and a trommel screen sifter to complete a production farm to supply and sell compost worms.

By Rick Kaye, Founder
The Compost Club
Dec 26, 2013

Our nonprofit, The Compost Club, has been introducing school and business wide vermicompost systems in Sonoma County, California since 2003. More than 15 sites participate in our program, which now diverts 44,000 lbs. of food scraps from the landfill each year. We have an excellent track record diverting organic waste and educating others about alternatives for handling waste.

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December 31, 2013   Comments Off

Vancouver Compost Garden promotes City’s worm composting program

Mike Levenston, City Farmer executive director, displays a worm bin he encourages condo dwellers to use to recycle food scraps. Photo by Sharon Slack.

Stratas face extra cost, odours with food scraps

By Chris Campbell
24 hours
March 20, 2013

A local composting advocate hopes strata residents will take a lead in the transition to recycling food scraps in multi-family buildings by 2015.

Under new City of Vancouver rules, stratas face penalties if they don’t have programs up and running by then, said Mike Levenston, executive director of City Farmer, which runs the region’s compost hotline and offers recycling workshops.

“All these organics have to be recycled and there are easy ways to do it,” he said. “We’re here to help people get organized.”

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March 21, 2013   Comments Off

Neighbourhood composting with the ‘Silver Dragon’ at Vancouver’s Compost Garden

silver1Sharon, Head Garden at Vancouver’s Compost Garden, stands in front of the Silver Dragon electric composter. Photo by Michael Levenston.

10-20 neighbours in apartments bring their food scraps to us

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
March 6, 2013

Our newest electric composter, nicknamed the ‘Silver Dragon’, is midway in size between the home-sized ‘Red Dragon’(now white) and the ‘White Dragon’ (a larger size) in which we composted Bishops’ restaurant food waste for a year.

Over the winter, we signed up between 10-20 neighbours from multi-family apartments and they brought their food scraps to the Compost Garden on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons. (No meat/fish/dairy waste accepted.) They met our gardener who inspected the waste and then unlocked the shed and placed the scraps in the Dragon.

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March 7, 2013   Comments Off

Urban Stream composter captures circle of life in a shipping container – Vancouver BC

Nick Hermes is the founder of green-tech startup Urban Stream Innovation that has created a way to eliminate organic waste. Photograph by: Mark Van Manen.

Self-contained system is small enough to fit in a single parking space

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
February 22, 2013


Urban Stream Innovation, a Vancouver-based sustainable tech firm, has installed its first self-contained prototype composter and vertical growing system designed to eliminate kitchen waste and produce restaurant-quality herbs and greens.

The staff at Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen will donate about 45 kilograms of vegetable waste, old coffee grounds and used tea bags each day to the micro-farm’s two-stage composter housed in a shipping container, parked behind the Granville Street eatery.

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February 22, 2013   1 Comment

Vertical food garden and worm composter combined

The revolutionary composting vertical food garden that transforms your kitchen scraps into organic fertilizer for fast, abundant growth

The Garden Tower

– Holds up to 50 plants
– Is faster and more abundant than conventional gardening
– Can grow anything; veggies, flowers, herbs, etc.
– Turns your kitchen scraps directly into organic fertilizer

The design is elegant, simple, and set-up is straightforward and easy! Our patent pending internal worm-driven composting system makes The Garden Tower is the only garden planter that can generate it’s own fertilizer and self-conditioned soil. Along with its low-evaporation design and other innovative features, it creates incredibly healthy growing conditions.

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February 7, 2013   Comments Off

Community Composting in a Small Mexican Town

Jose and Compost Students with over 80 bags of compost. Lo de Marcos is a small town of some 3,000 people one hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo by Amigos de Lo de Marcos.

Jardin de Composta in Los De Marcos

Piles of yard waste no longer sit on the streets of Lo De Marcos. Burning of yard waste no longer pollutes the air. As well residents of the town receive a small income from selling the finished compost. Students at the local schools are involved in the compost process and the community garden.

Excerpt from Recycle Committee Report
November 2012 – Amigos de Lo de Marcos

Compost is being screened and bagged every Saturday morning by our compost students (Beto, Neto, Fernando, Adrian, Francisco, and Esteban). Last Saturday, they filled more than 80 bags in 4 hours.

55 bags of Compost Futures have been redeemed – 125 bags remain to be redeemed. Your compost futures may be redeemed on Wednesday or Saturday mornings at the Compost Lot.

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December 21, 2012   2 Comments

‘The Ladies of Manure’ 2013 Calendar – Fertile Earth Foundation

“A pictorial calendar that will get you to rethink all your waste, even your daily # 1’s and 2’s.”

By Fertile Earth Foundation


Fertile Earth Foundation is an environmental nonprofit based in Miami mostly known for our composting initiatives. We’ve been teaching people to rethink their waste for over 4 years. For those of you who don’t know what composting is, it’s basically turning organic waste into rich fertile soil. Organic waste is stuff like kitchen scraps, newspaper, yard trimmings, manure, even your very own poop! Anything that is not plastic, metal, or glass can be composted

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December 8, 2012   Comments Off

Memphis “Smart Mules” Win Award from the National Garden Association

Winners of the National Garden Association award, The Smart Mules themselves! Organizer Adam Guerrero with Jovantae Thomas, Shaquille Thomas, Jarvis Howard, Cortez Washington and Rodrick Daniels.

‘Harvest’ blight from the abandoned lots to compost and use as a mulch for a central mini-farm in Memphis.

Nov 10, 2012


The “Smart Mules” are a group of talented young men led by former teacher and GrowMemphis board member Adam Guerrero. Jarvis, Jovantae, Shaq, Cortez and Rodrick “harvest” the grasses and organic material from overgrown, abandon lots that dot the Shasta neighborhood of Memphis. They use the harvest as compost and mulch, and together have a vision for creating a mini-farm on the corner of Shasta and Trezevant. With a $1,000 from the NGA, this pioneering group of young men will be able to buy new equipment, increase the productivity of their work, and move closer to their long-term vision.

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November 14, 2012   Comments Off

Mexico City – A novel market swaps rubbish for city grown vegetables

The project provides welcome jobs for the city’s farmers, many of whom work in the watery southern district of Xochimilco.

The Economist
Oct 27th 2012


The 21 million residents of Mexico City have far too much rubbish and not enough healthy food. Now they can swap one for the other. A new monthly market run by the city government takes paper, glass, plastic and aluminium in return for tokens that can be swapped for locally grown food and plants. Since it began in March the “Barter Market” in Chapultepec park has exchanged 140 tonnes of rubbish for 60 tonnes of produce.

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November 4, 2012   Comments Off

From Record Store to Mushroom Farm

Visitors can also observe how repurposed coffee grounds from nearby cafes (including Starbucks) become the compost that catalyzes urban agricultural practices such as this one.

Architizer News
February 23, 2012


Olson Kundig Architects’ [storefront], Seattle’s homegrown gallery for urban experimentation, has been overhauled once again. Last month, it was a music lover’s haven, rekindling the cultural narratives of the world’s fast-disappearing record stores by inviting visitors to browse through neatly filed vinyl collections and stage listening parties. Their latest experiment takes advantage of the city’s thriving coffee culture, taking the form of an indoor mushroom farm nourished by nutrient-rich coffee grounds salvaged by local baristas

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February 24, 2012   Comments Off