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Composting is so easy and enjoyable it will be a part of your daily routine. You will be empowered with the knowledge that you are an essential part of your community's waste diversion efforts. Composting is simply a combination of yard debris (grass clippings, fallen leaves, etc) and kitchen scraps (fruit, vegetables spoils, coffee grounds, tea bags, etc), separated from the waste stream and placed into an environment suitable for decomposition. Through composting, you can experience the benefits of this rich soil additive giving you healthier and greener lawns and gardens. By composting, you can remove more than 500 lbs. of organic matter from your household waste per year, diverting it from collection, the landfill, or incinerator. Enjoy the satisfaction of doing your part for the environment ­ get composting!

The Earth Machine Compost Bin

For sale at the Permit Department located at

Chatham Transfer Station
97 Sam Ryder Road
Chatham, MA 02633

Earth Machine: $50.00

Over 50% off retail price, offer made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

 

Securable top access through a twist locking lid.
Bottom harvest door.
Sturdy "twist pegs" to secure Earth Machine to ground-for animal and wind control.
Basic two piece assembly that snaps together in seconds without the use of any tools.
Ventilation slots are large enough to let in oxygen but keep out rodents.
Made of UV resistant recycled polyethylene.
Capacity: 10 cubic feet or 80 gallons
Dimensions: 33"H x 33" Diameter
Includes "Home Composting Handbook."

For more information on the Earth Machine Compost Bin click here


 

Want to use Chatham's compost effectively? Follow this advice! Chatham's Transfer Station compost was analyzed through lab tests. In order to use the compost most effectively, follow these treatments depending on what you plan to use the compost for.

 

Home Gardens:

To adjust soil pH:
Mix in 8 lbs. calcium-rich (calcitic) limestone per 100 sq. ft. as early as possible before planting. Try not to mix in lime when the soil is very wet.

Fertilizer treatment:
 
  Add nitrogen at ? lb. per 100 sq. ft.
   Nitrogen sources:
   1 lb of 30-3-3 type fertilizer (broadleaf herbicide free)
   4 lbs. of dried blood (organic option)

 

New Lawn Construction:

Limestone treatment:

   Use 68 lbs of dolomitic limestone per 1000 sq. ft.
   Mix throughout top 6 inches of soil

Fertilizer treatment:

   1-2 lbs. nitrogen per 1000 sq. ft.
   Possible option for turf establishment:
   Use 30-0-0 lawn fertilizer at 7 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
   Mix throughout top 3-4 inches of soil

 

Perennial Herbs and Flowers:

Soil pH:

   Soil pH does not need adjustment.

Fertilizer:

   Fertilization should not occur.
   Nutrient levels are extremely high and could lead to insect problems and plant nutritional disorders.
   To offset the high nitrate nitrogen, use peat moss (avoid compost or manure)

 

Deciduous Trees, Shrubs, and Vines:

Soil pH:

   Soil pH does not need adjustment.

Fertilizer:

   Fertilization should not occur.
   Nutrient levels are extremely high and could lead to insect problems and plant nutritional disorders.
   Soil should currently provide a good growing medium rich in humus for woody ornamentals. Ensure proper fertilization and drainage.

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DID YOU KNOW? The Chatham Transfer Station has FREE COMPOST! BYOB! (Bring Your Own Bin, Box, Bucket, Buick) and take all you need!

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How We're Doing
Chatham's Diversion (formerly Recycling) Rate:
2016 (at half-year) 39%
2015 32%
2014 29%
2013 30%
2012 37%
2011 42%
2010 29%
2009 20%

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ChathamRecycles.org is the official website for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Chatham, Massachusetts. Whether you are a business, a year-round resident or are simply visiting our community on Cape Cod, we ask that you do the right thing and start recycling today! The Recycling Center can be found at the Chatham Transfer Station at 97 Sam Ryder Road Chatham, MA 02633 508.945.5156 email. For a map and directions, please click here