Latest Composting News

Concerns grow over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands

Sep. 12, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) — For more than 20 years, the eastern Michigan town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. But state inspectors ordered a halt to the practice in...

Many kids take a passion for the planet back to school

Aug. 29, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

For many kids, heading back to school means more than resuming classes and homework. It means getting back to clubs and student organizations focused on sustainability — everything from composting and recycling to reducing food waste and promoting cleaner oceans and waterways. "Young people tend to be...

If you're worried your soil is contaminated, get it tested

Aug. 27, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

Dampening my friend Dan's excitement about moving to a new home was one nagging fear: Before being developed for homes about 45 years ago, the site had been an orchard. Orchards are notorious for being doused repeatedly with toxic sprays. Were residues still lingering in the soil? Throughout the early part of the...