Tag Wet waste

River composting

River composting

Compost in liquid medium

River composting

For a long time, the only way to quickly get rid of organic waste was to throw it all into the river. We washed upstream of our part of the river and threw our food and human waste downstream. Thus, we depended on the whims of our higher neighbors while destroying the hopes of our lower neighbors for water purity.

And then we discovered the shovel and we started to bury.

However, as in all civilizations, there are always people remaining at archaic levels of consciousness who prefer to wallow in the habits of the past rather than move forward. This is why rivers are still used today to dilute our waste.

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A practical dilution

River composting

Today, who can still dare to swim in a river or even drink from a spring without fearing contamination from an obscure toxic product? The most poetic among us will speak of a risk of diarrhea linked to the contamination of water by the droppings of nearby herds: what nonsense! The herds themselves drink from the rivers: what interest would they have in contaminating their water source? None.

In truth, this type of reasoning is a conditioning from childhood . Of course we must be wary of stagnant water but not because of the risk of a sudden acceleration of its current, rather because of the risk of eating a large discharge of toxic liquid effluents coming from a factory upstream. . Nowadays, water pollution standards are increasingly arbitrary:

“We don’t know anything about the effects, we don’t want to know anything so we advise not to drink. »

Nice summary given to us by an employee of a large water treatment company. Obviously, spending your life diluting questionable effluent so that it meets even more questionable standards is not the most exciting job.

Organic waste in a river?

River composting

A river, river or any path of water in a naturally created bed is forced to find harmony with its immediate environment. Rivers have always transported organic waste such as leaves, trees, animals, fruits or minerals along their beds, gradually consuming them.

It is only recently, with the urbanization of river banks for “fear of landslides” or for rowing competitions or other water sports nonsense that rivers have started to lack natural organic waste in favor of plastics or other toxic liquids or solids released by our civilization.

The effects are generally not long in coming: we observe a desertion of watercourse fauna, a disappearance of birds and rodents, the creation of associations for the safeguarding of animals to be protected; a desertification of river bottoms with macro and microscopic animals, a development of invasive flora (Japanese knotweed type) and obscene algae at the bottom of the river for the main ones.

Easy to recognize a polluted river. But where to find pure water?

Difficult to answer this question. And besides, we won’t do it.

River composting, a reorganization of water resources

River composting

From now on, the regeneration of a watercourse involves the reintegration of resources which are seriously lacking. What any polluted river needs is a little attention and a lot of organic waste. It is not a question of taking a truck and dumping tons of dead leaves or grass, that would be completely absurd, but simply of encouraging walkers, residents or other natives of the countryside, to let their organic waste swim in water from the nearby stream.

If the discarded organic waste floats, it will be devoured by ducks, moorhens, insects or other fish in the river. If it flows, micro and macroscopic animals will take care of it, thus regenerating the interior of the river.

The benefit of returning organic waste to water is well established. However, isn’t it regrettable to still have to repair an error made by asphalt-loving humanity? Without a doubt. For the moment, let’s compost against all odds!

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Vermicompostable Waste

Vermicompostable Waste

What is truly vermicompostable waste?

Vermicompostable Waste

Unlike outdoor compost where you can put all the waste of natural origin, the worm composter is choosy. Obviously, the fauna that has been artificially introduced is much more limited. However, an apartment fireplace does not have the same requirements as a house fireplace.

And again, let us remember:

The luxury of compost is slowness in silence

The list (non-exhaustive, to be completed according to your experiments)

–Wet waste—

  • Fruits (peels, cores, seeds)
  • Vegetables (peels, seeds)
  • Citrus fruits cooked or raw in small pieces
  • Leftover meals: starter, main course, desserts whatever the sauce
  • Crushed egg shells
  • The faded flowers
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags

Cooked garlic and onions, despite popular belief, are completely vermicompostable! Worms never have bad breath!

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Vermicompostable Waste

–Dry waste —

  • Newspaper
  • White paper (bill type, cheese paper)
  • Rolls of toilet paper or paper towels (in fine pieces)
  • Cardboards without paint
  • Stale bread
  • Hair and nails

Humidity balance of the vermicomposter


To ensure a balance between nitrogenous and carbonaceous materials, be sure to compensate for the addition of too much moist material (such as peelings, end of sauces, salads) with drier materials such as cardboard (such as toilet paper rolls or small packaging) or cut newspaper into pieces.

Did you know that if the cardboard you place in your municipality’s sorting bin is smaller than a music CD cover, it will be incinerated? You might as well give it to your apartment worms!

Likewise, if the paper wrapping cold meats or cheese can be easily torn by hand (no plastic film), it can definitely be given to your worms in small pieces!

Non-vermicompostable waste

Worms in worm composters are more demanding than their colleagues in outdoor compost. In addition to non-compostable waste (anything synthetic, rocky or metallic), here are a few more items that you should definitely not worm compost.

The list (non-exhaustive) :

  • Cleaning products (even labeled ‘organic’)
  • Anything too spicy, salty or vinegary.
  • Bones
  • Fish and meat
  • Glossy papers
  • Branches or other woody waste
  • Glass

So anyone who plans to clean their worm composter with bleach, all they have to do is find a pipe long enough to connect their exhaust pipe to the passenger compartment of their car, turn on the ignition, sit in the flying by closing all the exits then take a deep breath. A long time.

Experience of contact with nature


Testimonial from a worm composter! (excerpt from Jacqueline Croza’s book, “Vermicompost and Nail Polish”)

“I had always wanted to make a worm composter but I lacked the courage. Touch these little crawling and disgusting creatures. These long slimy stems that dig into the earth in such a horrible way.
That’s what I thought before following my treatment with Dr. Verheim. I recently went to Wiesenthal, Germany, for a week. I was welcomed into a delightful environment, a small building surrounded by a flower and vegetable garden. Everywhere I looked, there was nature. I didn’t understand what an expert in apartment worm composting could do around here!
The room allocated to me contained 2 aquariums filled with small worms with which, I later realized, I would have to live more actively than by just looking at them…”

(For reasons of conflicts with the publishing house, we invite you to buy Jacqueline’s book to know the rest of her story)

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