Recycling 200 - Backyard Composting Basics
Course Overview

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Unit 1  |  Unit 2  |  Unit 3  |  Unit 4  |  Unit 5  |  Unit 6  |  Unit 7

Unit 1. Composting Overview & Compost Uses
  • Defining backyard composting
  • What to compost
  • Why compost
  • How to compost
  • When to compost
  • Affects on the environment
  • How composting creates sustainability
  • Different uses for compost & its benefits
Unit 2. Determining Your Composting Needs
  • Determining your needs
  • Available materials to compost
  • Available space to compost
  • Types of bins to use
  • Different ways to compost
  • Degrees of effort needed to compost
  • Physical locations (urban, suburban, rural)
  • The amount of funds needed to compost

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Unit 3: What to Compost
  • Good and Bad materials
  • Browns and how they affect your pile
  • Greens and how they affect your pile
  • Materials to avoid composting
  • Carbon & Nitrogen
  • Carbon to Nitrogen ratio
  • Layering
  • Importance of Oxygen, Water, & Heat

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Unit 4. Building a Pile
  • Building and maintaining a pile
  • Anatomy of a layered pile
  • What materials are needed to build a layered pile
  • The importrance of water and moisture
  • The importance of aeration
  • Collecting and preparing your materials
  • Carbon to Nitrogen ratio
  • The Food Web
  • Time and Temperature factors
  • Knowing when your compost is ready for use
  • Troubleshooting
  • Composting Simulation

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Unit 5. Composting Equipment
  • Types of Bins
  • The Earth Machine from Norseman Plastics
  • Building your own bins
    • Garbage Can Bin
    • Concrete Block Bin
    • Wire Composting Bin
    • Three Bin System
  • Using a screen
  • Types of screens
  • Building your own screen
  • Composting equipment and tools

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Unit 6. Uses for Finished Compost
  • The multiple ways compost can be utilized
  • The positive rewards of using compost
  • The benefits to plants and the soil
  • The economics of backyard composting
  • The environmental impacts of backyard composting

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Unit 7. Compost Bin Distribution
  • The main steps to setting up a bin distribution program
  • Ways of distributing your bins
  • Educating program participants
  • Promoting your program
  • What kinds of information should be handed out
  • Ways to provide follow-up information
  • How to acquire data pre & post bin distribution

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