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Back yard Composting in S.Florida.Lake Worth joins the green composting cities.

Back yard composting is now a hot thing to do.With the economy crunch reaching out to our homes and jobs and cars, people are starting to think more greenwisely!

Saving on the bill of electric or water by switching the plug into Solar pannels now can be stretched into the backyard by COMPOSTING and saving on the garden center bill and the grocery bill by GROWING YOUR OWN food using home made compost and organic soil.I have been advoc ating this practice even long time before the economic crunch.But people usually hear better when it hurts their pocket$!

Lake Worth deserves an applaud for taking this step forward .Here I enclose an article that is self explanatory about how a small town -city is making big strides to become a leader in a GREEN DRIVEN ENERGY.Thanks to our commissioners Cara Jennings and Susan Mulvehill for helping in  pioneering this initiative  and also thanks to the Palm Beach Post for publishing positive articles that need to be shared to be appreciated more and spread the green awareness nation wide.

I qoute thePalm Beach  Post for a quick refernce to share the article:

Qoute:"By Willie Howard

— Composting is coming to Lake Worth back yards in a move to save the city money by reducing the weight of trash trucked to the landfill.

The city's Public Services Department plans to give 80-gallon Earth Machine composting bins to 50 residents citywide in a pilot project set to begin in late May. The test composters, chosen by neighborhood associations, will keep track of how much organic kitchen waste they transform into fertilizer.

After the test, the city plans to order about 2,000 of the plastic bins and sell them to residents for $50. Buyers who take a one-hour training class will get a $37.50 rebate, said Joseph Kroll, public services director.

Kroll said he expects composting will catch on in Lake Worth because the level of environmental awareness is high among residents.

He estimates that composting will reduce the weight of garbage sent to the county landfill by 10 percent - enough to save the city about $110,000 annually.

Reducing the cost of refuse collection and disposal is one of the 2010 goals developed by city commissioners during a February workshop.

Summer is a good time to begin a composting project because organic waste - everything from fruit and vegetable scraps to coffee grounds and leftover rice and pasta - decomposes quickly in warm weather.

The Earth Machine composters have locking lids to discourage rodents from foraging in the mix and stir sticks with propeller-like blades to blend the decomposing organic matter.

Kroll said it takes about three weeks in warm weather for kitchen waste to be transformed into a fertilizer that can be used as a planting material, to enrich sandy soil or as a top dressing for lawns.

"Twenty-nine percent of our waste is organic waste that can be composted," said Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill, who suggested the composting program.

Mulvehill has two composting bins in her back yard, one that uses worms to improve the quality of the resulting organic matter and another reserved for acidic fruit scraps. Mulvehill uses the rich material produced by the compost bins to fertilize pole beans, beets, onions, cilantro, mustard greens and other vegetables in her garden.

"My best tomato plants came right out of my compost," Mulvehill said.

Commissioner Cara Jennings said she has been composting since she was a teenager.

"I'm excited we're going to do the program and introduce a lot more people to composting," Jennings said." Unqoute.

I have a composting class coming up this May 22nd.If you live close by WPB,Fl.You are welcome.Check it out at our calender of eventsat:

http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M20618

 

Happy Composting 

 

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 10:04 p.m. Sunday, May 2, 2010

Posted: 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 2, 2010

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