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Sustainability & Recycling - Compost
Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Composting is controlled biological reduction of organic wastes to humus. The end product, compost, is used as a soil amendment that provides plant nutrients, supports beneficial soil life, reduces soil diseases, increases water retention in sandy soil and adds drainage to clay soils, and promotes weed and erosion control.
MUSC has partnered with College of Charleston, The Citadel and Trident Technical College in a multi-agency contract with Food Waste Disposal, LLC in an effort to divert cafeteria pre-consumer waste from the landfill to the Bee's Ferry Compost facility. MUSC has been composting yard waste for several years and is composting in the Urban Farm as well.
|• Cardboard rolls, Clean paper|
• Coffee grounds and filters, tea bags
• Fruits and vegetables, boiled peanut shells
• Hair and fur, fireplace ashes (min)
• Sawdust (untreated wood)Wood chips (untreated)
• Shredded newspaper
• Wool rags, Cotton rags
• Yard trimmings, houseplants/dead flowers, leaves, hay and straw, grass clippings
oils, meat, bones, dairy products
Vermicomposting - Vermicomposting uses red wiggler (eisensia foetida) worms to do the work of composting. The worms eat the organics and leave behind castings. These systems come in a variety of sizes. "Uncle Jim's Worms" is a good source online to purchase live worms for vermicomposting
You can have a 10-gallon container that might handle a small department’s or household's food waste. If you would like to build your own worm bin, here are step by step instructions and sources for worms: Working with the worms
MUSC's Worm Facility at 17 Ehrhardt St
The worm facility uses red wiggler worms (Eisenia fetida) to convert food scraps from the cafeteria and yard waste from grounds into a potent fertilizer that is used on the urban farm.
For more information on composting and the Sustainability Program at MUSC call 843-792-4066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org