Empty Your Compost!
from New Scientist/Between the Issues
reprinted UPdate Fall 2001
Empty your inside compost containers
frequently. Researchers in the Netherlands found that compost bins containing
all organic waste (banana skins, vegetable peels, meat scraps etc) release
far higher numbers of potentially harmful bacteria and moulds than those
containing mixed garbage. Among the organisms identified were ones
known to aggravate common respiratory ailments such as asthma.
Ed. Note: Lining the
bin with a paper bag or piece of newspaper makes cleaning easier.
A two litre ice cream container with a tight fitting lid makes a good compost
container. It's sealed when not in use, and can be discarded when it gets