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Step 1: 

Keep organic material out of the landfill

 

30% of the municipal waste stream is compostable, yet it continues to be buried in landfills across our nation.  That amounts to more than 50 million tons of organic material being buried  in our country each year where it decomposes without oxygen and produces methane, a greenhouse gas 30-50 times more potent than carbon dioxide.   Do your part to keep our community healthy, productive, and methane free by signing up today to have your food scraps collected, composted, vermicomposted, and returned to our soils as an organic soil enhancement!

 
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Step 2: 

compost!

 
 
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At YES we thermally compost all of the food waste in a blend of wood shavings, wood chips, and hay.  Temperatures reach upwards of 150 degrees F,  where beneficial bacteria rapidly break down the organic matter and create a delicious meal for our worms. 

 
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step 3: 

Vermicompost

 
 
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By taking the decomposition process beyond traditional composting and feeding the partially composted food waste to Red Wiggler compost worms, in a process called vermicomposting, we take advantage of the worm's fantastic efforts to break down materials into microscopic pieces as they feed on bacteria, minerals, and organic substances within the compost.  Their gizzard uses particles of grit to grind their food into tiny bits that plant root systems crave.  After passing through the worm, this "black gold" substance called worm castings is left behind in our worm bins.  

 
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step 4: 

creme de la creme;

worm castings

 
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By using a machine called a trommel screen, or "separator" in the case of worm farming, we separate out the finest of the worm castings.  All of the worms (including baby worms and worm eggs!) as well as any debris like rocks, sticks, or uneaten compost gets sorted by the separator and then sent along to their next destination.  Worms go back into the boxes with more food, and debris gets either discarded or put back into the compost pile.  

 
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step 5: 

Return the nutrients to the soil

 
 
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CONGRATULATIONS!

By using YES Worm Castings on your lawn, garden, or potted plants you are successfully completing the nutrient cycle and are putting your food wastes back to work at inspiring healthy new plant growth, all without the use of Chemicals!  

 
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