Faster Composting at Home

By ecoRI News staff

Here are three quick tips for speeding up home composting:

Freeze it first: Compost expert Michael Bradlee of Earth Appliance Organics in Providence suggests storing food scraps in the freezer before adding it to your compost pile. The cold bursts the cell membranes in the food, helping it decompose faster once it hits the compost pile.

Add water: Material in the pile should be as damp as a fully saturaed sponge. Pour in water if moisture doesn't drip out with a good squeeze. Diluted leftover coffee is fine to add as well.

Cover it: A sheet of plastic, old window or spare carpeting will trap heat and moisture. Covering keeps nutrients in as well, especially during rainy weather.