Recently our town requested residents try composting their “garbage.” For a cost of $40 plus taxes, a resident can purchase a bin from the town.
I would like the residents of Fort Frances to be aware of the dangers of composting in our area. My concern is that our residents will take on the green initiative and create “bear magnets.”
The following paragraphs are from www.mastercomposter.com, where you can find how to compost properly:
We do not recommend that you compost them in your backyard compost pile because they are likely to create odour problems and attract pests such as rodents and flies (in addition to being a general nuisance, rodents and flies may carry diseases).
Your area may have ordinances against composting food items for the same reasons.
In some locations, it may be appropriate to compost vegetative food wastes in compost piles. Check with your local solid waste department for guidelines.
Vegetative food wastes are those derived from plants (i.e., vegetables and fruits). In these cases, build a hot compost pile to avoid pest problems. Bury the scraps one foot deep into the pile.
Monitor the situation carefully to see if you are attracting pests. If so, stop composting food in your pile and use another method, or try burying deeper into the pile.
When you turn your pile, make sure any food wastes not sufficiently decomposed are once again moved to the inside of the pile.
Do not compost meat or dairy products, oils, or mayonnaise. These products are organic, but they are not vegetative and are difficult to compost at home without creating problems.
Fort Frances, Ont.