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Starting to Compost at the Prison


January 23, 2015

I currently work for Corrections Industries. Many inmates have expressed interest in starting a compost pile. The only issue is that we are not aware of what is needed to make these piles. We want to use the the leftover vegetables and fruits from the cafeteria. Can anyone please indicate what materials we may need to start up a project like this. I look forward to hearing from you!


Answer by JE: It sounds like you have some good composting materials so I would suggest you look at composting methods to see which ones might work the best for your circumstances. I have included a flyer to help with that decision.

In addition to kitchen food scraps you can also look at adding paper napkins, paper towels, cardboard boxes and shredded paper if you need more carbon sources that will also absorb moisture.

Please contact us if you have more questions.

Answer by JZ: Here are my thoughts.

1. Where is the facility where the composting will be done ?

2. It is a good idea to recycle food scraps by composting them. Is the prison administration

in favor of and supportive of this proposal?  How will you use the finished compost?

3. We are a group  composting educators so you may want to set up a composting class for your group. We could work that out if you are interested.  Then you would have the information that would answer your original question.

Let us know how you would like to proceed.

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