In today's New York Times you'll find the most unlikely of articles – about worm composting right there in the Big Apple – and that quote refers to the practice of keeping a vermicomposting bin under one's bed. Which I can kind of relate to – the disgusting part, that is.
Here's what was news to me:
Food accounts for about 13 percent of the nation’s trash — it is the
third largest component after paper and yard trimmings — and about 16
percent of New York’s.
But keeping food discards out of landfills
does more than twice the good of keeping mixed paper out, E.P.A.
officials said, because decomposing food that is buried and cut off
from air releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas, at higher rates
than paper. (The ventilation in composting prevents methane creation.)
Photo: Proud worm composter at the Studio School in Washington, D.C.Posted by Susan Harris on February 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm, in the category Grab Bag.