How does composting actually work?

Almost all organic materials can be composted, from vegetable and fruit peels and trimmings, to meat bones and fats, and even paper products derived from wood fibers and other natural materials.  Since they biodegrade at different rates, however, not all materials are accepted by conventional recycling programs and are usually not suitable in small backyard compost piles.

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DSNY’s Rikers Island Food Waste Composting Facility, in operation since 1996, is able to handle a wider range of biodegradable materials. Our food scraps will be blended with wood chips and other materials. With the aid of microorganisms like bacetria and fungi, as well as worms and beetles, these organic materials decompose over several months – after which the nutrients from once-living materials are turned into a rich compost.

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Food Waste Composting In-Vessel Compost System Review

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This compost in turn makes an excellent soil amendment that aids in both nutrient fortification as well as aeration.  In this way we return our food scraps into the cycle of life for the next generation of plants to thrive.

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