The average American household throws away 470 pounds of food waste every year. Sure, composting is the responsible thing to do, but isn't it complicated and labor-intensive? Doesn't it stink up your yard? Take our quiz and find out.
False. Twenty-seven percent is recycled, but that's still not very much.
True. Microorganisms in the soil (which need oxygen and water) break down the waste to form compost.
It's true that fatty items like meat and dairy can cause foul odors, but if you manage your pile well, it shouldn't be a big problem.
It's true that an efficient compost pile can be finished in about two to three weeks, but there's really no difference between your first try and your 50th.
Yes, steer away from this. Beyond the obvious odor issue, human waste could contaminate the pile with parasites.
That is the correct ratio (and, just so you know, all the cool composters call it C:N ratio). It sounds complicated, but you can consult a list of C:N ratios of common compost-pile ingredients and figure it out from there.
Compost piles do heat up, but they don't get that hot. The high range is about 100 to 150 degrees F (38 to 66 C).
Nope, you need to turn it every day or every other day to keep things going properly.
The gas bubbles are carbon dioxide is being released, which means that everything is A-OK.
Almost, but not quite. The pile needs to be reduced by 50 to 75 percent.