Why Compost?

Jan 14, 2014

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You may think that composting all your kitchen waste sounds like a good idea, but you probably don't realize how many things really can be composted, what services are available if you can't get yourself organized to do it, and if you do have a compost pile, which animals visit it at night, and for what purpose?

This hour, a heap of information about compost!

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  • KC Alexander is an Organics Recycling Specialist with the Connecticut DEEP Recycling Program.
  • Susannah Castle runs Blue Earth Compost.
  • Chris Field is the Vice President of Harvest New England.
  • Jean Bonhotal is the Director of the Cornell Waste Management Institute in Ithaca, New York.
  • Scott Smedley is an Associate Professor of Biology at Trinity College.
  • Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak is a biologist in Sweden, where she and her husband, Peter, are developing the first facility to offer ecological burial as an alternative to today’s forms of burial.

Here, you may listen to Susannah Castle's compost-centric visit to Colin's kitchen.

Here is Scott Smedley's Citizen Science Initiative Gateway mentioned in the interview, where you can apply to identify the various creatures who visit compost heaps in Connecticut.