Community composting can be performed all year long, but the hard freezes encountered in colder climates pose special challenges. It may be that winter composting is limited to stockpiling frozen kitchen scraps for later incorporation after spring thaws. Decomposition slows down considerably at the lowest temperatures and may stop completely, but frozen material will “ripen” upon thawing and create more surface area for the
You will flip your contribution bin or ADD HERE bin (Bin 1) whenever it gets full or at least once per month into your next available bin (Bin 2). You will not add fresh contributions to Bin 2, and you may even post a sign that says “DO NOT ADD” to make it clear for all users. When your ADD HERE bin gets full
Providing rules will help ensure that people are educated about using the community compost site and will help to minimize the cleanup burden on volunteers or gardeners. You can either purchase a rules sign for (AmeriSigns is creating a template for this) or make them yourselves with this verbiage. Some great sign material includes paint, primed plywood, old sandwich boards, or whatever else you
Kompost Kids may be able to help you secure a brown source with the help of your local municipality. Brown source security is essential for making sure your food contributions are properly covered and maintaining a proper balance of carbon- and nitrogen-rich material. Brown sources are materials such as leaves, wood chips, hay, straw, shredded nonglossy paper, sawdust from untreated wood, and shredded cardboard.