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Probably partially baked in rural area and third world countries, but oh well
For anyone who home composts, there's a
number of problems that come with the
territory. keeping pests out, preventing it
from freezing over and filling up to fast in
the winter, etc. there's also many people
who would like to compost but have no
place for the fresh soil, and so send
waste out with the trash, where it
will sit, preserved in a plastic baggie, for
decades (possibly centuries. I don't know
my trash science).
my suggested solution is a number of
giant composting stations at regular
intervals on city property, manned and run
by the city. Each station is essentially a
giant dumpster with an underground
chamber and accessway. Waste is
deposited into the sides through hinged
entry ports, and soil can be taken from the
basement chamber. (there would be a
series of various locks and separators and
such for clean extraction of the dirt.
perhaps a small room in the basement
chamber with a sort of air lock
mechanism, otherwise sealed from the
Every year (or suitable interval
according to decomposition rate) the city
department would send a maintainence
crew to remove a portion of soil and make
it available to the public at large. Free, of
course, because it was their garbage in the
first place. The home composters don't
have to worry, those who want to have the
opportunity, less waste in landfills, more
jobs, and everyone gets a free T-shirt and
a cup of coffee.
the problem I see is people being too lazy
to walk half a block to drop off their
garbage. maybe making compost buckets
part of the garbageperson's job would be
a solution, but I doubt it. The second
problem would be McCarthyists who
would start raving about how composting
leads to godless communism. but oh well
Quite baked [Worldgineer, Apr 01 2005]
||This is commonly done with yard waste, and where I live they are now allowing anything compostable. You put out a large clearly labeled garbage can, and it's picked up on trash day. They don't give back the compost, however - it's generally sold.
||here, you can have a bagfull of mine if you want it. +1
||world, hah; Ted and Joe's Marvellous Adventure.
||We have this here also (UK) - green bins
in which you can put anything (or
possibly anybody - not tried this yet)
which will compost. Dunno where it all
winds up though.
||Where I used to live, the dump, for some reason, had a knack of drawing all the degradeable stuff out into the open, and pumpkins and tomatoes grow there in abundance, maybe they hire tramps to go dump diving to find degradable stuff?
||I keep having the problem of all my kitchen waste miraculously sprouting weeds.
||I believe that there is a Glaswegian company that creates compost, bags it, and sells it to gardeners and garden centers...
||How long did you live in the dump?
||As [Basepair] suggests, this is well
baked. Some councils sell compost
generated from this method - the only
problem is that it often contains
perennial weeds such as Bindweed
which you would avoid putting in your
||[World] I have never lived in a dump, and although it seems to be an interesting experience, I don't plan to live in a dump any time soon. I visited the dump a fair bit, as I helped my aunty who lived on a farm she would dispose of loads of stuff at the dump.
||//third-world countries// like Canada. (That's not
sarcasm: the only marker we need to complete the
set is a dictator with a chestful of self-awarded
||Anyways, well baked here, for a while now.
Trucks collect household organic waste every
week (though from the look of things it's going to
be every two weeks soon), and yard waste every
two weeks, seasonally. Every summer there's piles
and piles of the resulting compost at transfer
stations, available to be picked up by residents (or
anybody with a truck, basically).
||It works, despite being run by the government.