Quiz: Do you Know how an Indoor Automatic Composting System Works?

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Remember the days when you had a neat little compost area at the bottom of your garden? Well, now you can do it all indoors, with a cleaner, neater, faster and easier system: an automated indoor composting unit. Fertilize your trash skills with our composting quiz.

How much annual waste do Americans produce?

Something is rotten in the state of America! According to 2008 data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produce about 250 million tons of it annually.

About one-third of waste is repurposed through __________.

Composting and recycling help alleviate the buildup of garbage.

What is an essential part of the composting process?

Composting involves microorganisms in soil that break down organic matter in trash.

Outdoor composting systems require what sort of maintenance?

Compost piles need to be kept moist and should be turned regularly.

Large-scale composting systems are often an eco-friendly alternative to what?

Government-run and other private large-scale composting operations are an eco-friendly alternative to landfills.

What would be considered a suitable area for home composting?

Ideally, you need a dry area or patch of land that is close to a water source.

To "cook up" a good compost, what three ingredients should you most have?

You need a good balance of fruit and veggie scraps (green stuff), twigs and leaves (brown stuff) and water to break it down.

How long does it take for a compost pile to be ready as a fertilizer?

It can take anywhere from a month to a year to be quality fertilizer.

Are dairy products good for composting?

Dairy products are a no-go for composting unless you're willing to put up with the odor.

Does the frequency of turning affect the rate of food breakdown?

Frequent turning helps spread around the microorganisms that break down the organic matter.

In an indoor compost system, what function does the built-in heater serve?

The built-in heater maintains the correct temperature to help with decomposition.

What do the cure tray and drip tray collect?

The cure tray collects fertilizer, and the drip tray collects excess liquid, both of which are produced from the composting process.

Why is it recommended to add baking soda to the indoor composting unit?

Baking soda helps keep the acidity level of the compost in balance.

How much trash can an indoor composting system accommodate?

An indoor composting system can hold up to 120 pounds (54 kilograms) of waste each month. That's about 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) a day.

How long does composting take in an indoor unit?

If you blink, you miss the process; it takes only 10 to 14 days and presto!

What is one of the biggest drawbacks to successful indoor composting?

The odor is of composting material is really tough to deal with. If you can't cope with it, you'll be tempted to throw in the towel -- or wear it on your nose!

What noises does an indoor composting unit make?

The compositing unit whirs and hums but mostly just at the beginning of the composting process.

What's the base price of an indoor composting unit?

It usually costs somewhere between $300 and $400, less than many other household appliances.

What kind of increased energy bill can you expect when using an indoor composter?

Expect the automatic composter to add about 5 kwh (kilowatt hours) every month to your power bill.

What is unique about vermicomposting?

Vermicomposting hundreds of thousands of worms to do the dirty work. Talk about cheap labor!

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