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  • ballstoncmyk June 21, 2013 - 1:13 pm #77397 Reply

    going off of JimPB’s post on used coffee grounds… i’d love to compost, but i live in a condo. i have no outdoor space to keep a compost pile, or a place to use it. i’ve spoken to my condo association about creating a pile for our community garden, but received a lukewarm response. anyone know of a place or service that will accept kitchen scraps?

    emc2nova June 21, 2013 - 1:24 pm #77400 Reply

    there was a program session on NPR once about curbside composting. I responded to inquire about curbside-composting in the Arlington area.  The response i received was that if anyone in the DC-metro area would do it, it’d be Arlington. I know that the Potomac Heritage park has a garden where they have compost bins and accept compostable items.  Above all, I still have not found any service for communcal composting. Good luck and please let me know if you happen to stumble upon one.  sorry if not too helpful.

    novasteve June 21, 2013 - 1:30 pm #77402 Reply

    Look to what Bloomberg is proposing in NYC. Hope you have no rats, can’t imagine what NYC will be like if they implement it.

    dm June 21, 2013 - 2:26 pm #77409 Reply

    Unless the garden rules prohibit one, buy a compost drum and stick it in your section of the garden. problem solved.

    ballstoncmyk June 21, 2013 - 2:28 pm #77412 Reply

    thanks, emc2. i’ve heard about composting services too, but have yet to find one that services ARL. closest i got was Compost Cab, which either doesn’t serve ARL, or doesn’t serve my part of ARL (Ballston). after a bit more googling, i found the ARL arm of the Virginia Cooperative Extension … they’ve got information on how to compost, so i figured it’d be worth asking them about a place to bring scraps. i’ll post back what i hear.

     

    novasteve June 21, 2013 - 2:31 pm #77414 Reply
    southiee June 21, 2013 - 2:36 pm #77416 Reply

    Rent space at one of the community gardens. The one on four mile run?

    ballstoncmyk June 21, 2013 - 2:49 pm #77421 Reply

    @dm / novasteve — yes, that’s the idea i was hoping my complex would buy into, but didn’t.

    @southiee — i may contact them and see if they accept the scraps, thanks for the idea. i’m not looking to get into gardening, myself.

    veeta June 21, 2013 - 4:51 pm #77434 Reply

    It’s admirable, but I would not bother . There IS an indoor system called bokashi, but the results then need to go into a worm bin (something you could potentially do inside), and then you’d have to take the finished compost.

    I have a compost pile in my yard and no rats. One day, we’ll all have waste bins for food waste that will be composted by the local govt, and it will be no big deal.

    Tabby_TwoTone June 21, 2013 - 6:17 pm #77435 Reply

    1)   Compost may be taken to a site in Crystal City: http://www.crystalcity.org/green/compost
    2)   A local company, Envirelation, may be able to collect your compost for a fee: http://www.envirelation.com/crf.html

    ballstoncmyk June 24, 2013 - 11:09 am #77477 Reply

    @No: that’s exactly what i was looking for. thanks much!

    emc2nova June 27, 2013 - 10:56 am #78036 Reply

    Alternatively, i compost at my place in courthouse.  not sure how viable/challenging this option is to facilitate.

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