Lileks: Composting and other mounting expectations of modern life

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 22, 2012 - 7:34 PM
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swschradMar. 22, 12 7:52 PM

heh, we beat the system. we put up our own compost bin in the corner where you can't do anything useful, like 40 foot antenna towers, because of the cable and 3300 volt power lines. don't need no steenkin' bag roulette.

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actualreaderMar. 22, 12 7:57 PM

These had better not be the kind they tried to fob off on me a few years ago. Keep them in the garage for a week after you get them? Welcome to a July blizzard of tiny white plastic pieces blowing around the yard. They composted just great -- just didn't hold anything.

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rovinnumskulMar. 22, 12 9:31 PM

i read the mailer i was shocked. just like you i thought 2013 and then the city goes and changes the rules without an explanation. just like everyone else.

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brokenglassMar. 22, 1211:51 PM

What actualreader said. Keep them in a cool, dry place, such as a refrigerator, and they turn into confetti. On principle, I burned my biodegradable bag confetti. (I can hear you gasp). That's right, I burned them, and they stank, and it was good.

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benjammin3Mar. 23, 1210:25 AM

On an unrelated note - anybody know where to find 1-gallon-sized compostable bags? Or 2-gallon? I have been looking everywhere for small compostable bags and they don't seem to exist. The closest thing we found were small dog-crap bags that are biodegradable, but don't really compost (and will tear to pieces if you look at them too hard). All I want is a bag that I can put my household compost into and then carry it out to the compost bin, without having to dump the bag out and carry it back inside...

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nordeasterMar. 24, 12 5:41 PM

You forgot to mention that they said we could use paper bags - like the kind you get at the grocery store. Yeah - that'll hold a lot of leaves. And the leaves will blow out of the bags, the bags will tip over and blow down the alley.

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boardmaMar. 25, 12 2:38 PM

To benjammin3: I am currently using these in my countertop compost thingy: BioBag Food Waste Bags. "Certified Compostable. Meets ASTM D6400." FWIW. http://www.biobagusa.com/catering.htm. Available various places online, and I think I've seen them at the supermarket, too.

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