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Worm Composting With an Insinkerator

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The Insinkerator is among only a handful companies dedicated solely to disposing and processing of commercial and municipal solid waste in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was founded by Eric Weis, a former commercial cleaner who started selling the units as a means to rid his San Francisco apartment of the foul odor of rotting food. In addition to providing a much needed service, Weis also wanted to start a business that would do the “right thing” with the local, municipal waste by taking a holistic approach to both recycling and landfilling. Essentially, Weis’ Insinkerator plays the role of a large, integrated system that recycles and/or landfill any solid waste it receives, whilst simultaneously providing a safe, healthy and accessible food supply to local residents.

An Overview

A bunch of hot dogs cooking on a grill

The Insinkerator’s manufacturer is Ecoquest, which is based in Canada. Ecoquest is a direct selling company that do not have an existing inventory but is dedicated to working with other businesses in the waste and recycling field to provide the highest quality and most eco-friendly products possible. They continually monitor their manufacturing processes and are always looking for ways to improve their operations. As an environmentally responsible company, Ecoquest takes its responsibility seriously and has rigorous requirements for their composting facilities. As such, the company recycles and composts all of its food waste, supplying local communities with free, healthy, organic meals.

The Insinkerator can be found in many different locations throughout San Francisco. A visit to the facility will reveal the wide variety of different types of waste and what kinds of options are available when it comes to the disposal of said waste. Many residents throw away perfectly good produce that they have stored for months, years or even decades. Other food waste disposer units allow people to easily and economically separate their garbage. The type of unit you choose should depend on your individual needs and what you feel will best meet your needs as a homeowner or a business owner.

Worm Composting

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The way your composting works will largely depend on the type of unit you purchase and how much waste you have to send to the facility. Basically, this unit will contain three compartments. One section will hold the organic material from your food waste like leaves and cut vegetables. The second compartment will hold the waste you currently have on the bin, like coffee grounds, egg shells, and so on. Finally, there is the drain chamber, where your composting waste is drained.

The three compartments are designed to look different and may not have separators between them. Either way, the purpose is the same – all of your food waste goes into these compartments and is broken down naturally, without the use of chemicals or complex machinery. Once your food waste has gone through this process, it will be transferred to the holding compartments and turned into compost. Your worms will break it down into simple humus.

This recycling process makes sense. After all, no one likes to throw good food away, especially not in such a remote location as the backyard. What we do with that waste is also important. Some people choose to simply compost all of their food waste, using whatever they have on hand (some of it gets eaten by the worms) and others prefer to make a profit and sell off their scraps to local food banks and other facilities. By separating out your food waste, you can ensure that you are taking the most appropriate steps towards composting. In addition, by separating out the food waste into smaller pieces, the process of composting will be easier, as it will be easier to aerate the soil and get the right amount of light to encourage the natural decomposition process.

In The End

Once you have your worms put into the container, you will empty it out after each meal. Then, when you have about a week’s worth of food in there, you can start the composting process. Just cover the container, which has a lid, with the loose organic matter from your kitchen or other locations that you have used to compost, such as leaves or grass clippings. The incinerator will circulate the air inside the container, keeping the temperature optimal for the decomposition process. You can then set the container on top of the grass clippings and leave it alone for the next two months while your worm’s go to work decomposing the organic matter.

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