Composting for Anarchists


| 11/24/2014 9:17:00 AM


Tags: composting, gardening, David Goodman, Florida,

 Messy Compost Pile

Tired of tumblers, piles and turning? Composting doesn't have to be hard. It doesn't require any infrastructure. It's a simple, natural recycling method. If you hate rules and ratios... this post is for you.Easy composting only has two steps.

Ready? Let's compost!

Step 1: Find Some Organic Matter

An avocado skin? Great. Moldy baked beans? Wonderful. Old bills and non-glossy junk mail? Sure. Eggshells, tea bags, cardboard, citrus peels? Yep. It makes sense to keep a small trash can with a tight lid in my kitchen. Anything compostable goes in there. But kitchen scraps aren't everything: there's a pile of ways you can grab more materials to compost. For instance, when you’re pruning trees or dealing with fallen oak limbs in the yard, don’t drag them to the side of the road for disposal or burn them in a pile.

If you have a picnic in the yard with the children, use uncoated paper plates. Then save them… along with whatever uneaten food the toddler leaves behind. If you feel like working a little harder to gather organic matter, you’ll find opportunities everywhere. When you have a potluck dinner at church, help clean up at the end and throw all the napkins and food scraps into one container you can then take home. Check with your local coffee shop and see if you can pick up grounds from them. See if you can get boxes of expired produce from your local grocery store or farm stand. Gather cardboard from alleyways.

Ask your local feed store if you can sweep up the straw and alfalfa that falls to the ground from their bales. (I’ve gathered a lot of material this way.) Ask your neighbors to dump their yard waste at your place. Collect shredded documents from work. Pick up bags of leaves by the side of the road in fall. Ask local tree companies if they’ll drop their fresh-chipped “waste” in your yard.

joby
2/17/2015 9:27:16 AM

Previous post got chopped off for some reason. should have read: Great article but I have to nit pick one thing: anarchists dont hate rules they hate ruleRs. Or rather they reject any social contract that is not voluntary for all participants. All coercive hierarchies are violent and inhumane. I know you were just being playful and I hate to turn a fun article into a political platform but its the use of anarchist in this type of context that leads to a misconception of what the philosophy is actually about. Ok, Thats it :)


joby
2/17/2015 9:23:16 AM

that is not voluntary for all participants. All coercive hierarchies are violent and inhumane. I know you were just being playful and I hate to turn a fun article into a political platform but its the use of anarchist in this type of context that leads to a misconception of what the philosophy is actually about. Ok, Thats it :)





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