There is a certain school of thought that claims that if compost isn’t the answer, then you’ve asked the wrong question. This is not a position I share. I will no doubt lose friends for saying so, but I think that thermophilic (hot rot) compost is rarely an appropriate use of resources. Thermophilic composting takes large inputs but produces meagre outputs. It is clearly a better solution than landfill, but fundamentally it treats organic matter as a waste stream to be managed rather than a resource stream to be utilised.
We can do better than that.
There are three broad categories of organic resource that are encountered in an urban setting:
- Fungi food (Wood and tough leaves )
- Bug food (Food waste and soft leaves)
- Nasty stuff (faeces and friends)