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Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 | 02:56 PM AT
So here's the good news: More Canadian households are composting these days.
Then again, 4% in 12 years isn't exactly a leap forward. So what's holding us back? Actually, that would be us... as in Quebeckers. We're one of the provinces with the lowest numbers for winter composting. Makes sense if you think about it:
So how do we boost those numbers? Actually, it's easier than you'd think.
2. Harvest your compost: At the end of fall, it's a good idea to harvest your compost. You can lay it down over your garden as you winterize, or put it in household plants. This will create space in your bin for the winter when composting occurs at a much slower rate. Anything that's not ready can be tossed back in the bin.
5. Get worms: Don't say eeww! It's really not that gross. Really, for real. If you simply can't imagine tramping out in the winter every time you have kitchen scraps, just move the composter indoors... i.e. get a vermicompost. There are many organizations in the city that will help you set one up. Among them, Sustainable Concordia.
If you're in NDG, I know that you can get help at Co-op La Maison Verte
It's an indoor composter that uses electricity (not much though: apparently just $1's worth a year) to heat and aerate compost so it degrades faster and without odour. You can read more on this awesome green blog by fellow Montrealers and eco-warrier, Carmen.
And finally, I want to hear from you: What's preventing you from composting during the winter. Write me and perhaps together we can find a solution. You can also call our talkback line: (514) 597-5626
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