written by: ciel s cantoria•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 5/19/2011
There was a time when composting was only for farmers and serious gardeners; then it became a waste management activity but cumbersome for the eco-conscious home owner. Today, there is the "composphere u-roll composting system", making recycling of organic wastes into usable composts easier to do.
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The Advent of The Composphere U-Roll Composting System
Part of the going green movement is to grow our own organic crops, to ensure they are pesticide free. This made composting an important part of home gardening methods in growing healthy plants. The recycling of household organic wastes as soil additives makes backyard plots ideal for the home gardens.
However, it was quite tedious and cumbersome, hence, the arrival of the "composphere u-roll composting system" presented an alternative method most gardeners could relate to quite easily. Contributing to the nation’s waste management efforts became less of a gardening chore as the composphere composting system added more fun.
Since composting has to deal with recycling garbage that is decaying and rotting, it is very important to have a suitable location and container. The further away it is from the house, the better; dealing with composts means you also have to deal with the terrible smell and the flies.
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A Brief Background on Composting
Composting to be effective involved the process of aerating it, which means it had to be mixed, tumbled and turned to introduce air/oxygen. Otherwise, the gardener is into “cold" or passive composting, which took months before the compost became usable. You could probably imagine the resolve it took, to toss and turn the compost pile with a shovel and a pitchfork just to achieve the proper blend of yard and kitchen wastes. A good compost pile must not have one kind of waste more than the other; it would also mean improper balance in its carbon and nitrogen content.
People may be going back to basics, but it doesn’t mean they have to stick to crude methods, until somebody came up with the compost tumbler. It was a take-off from the modernized compost bin. The tumbler is attached to a frame that allows you to turn the bin upside down repeatedly and with ease. This, of course, took care of the aerating procedure required in order to introduce oxygen.
The compost tumbler was a fine improvement from the crude methods of composting. Still, the new composting system could get better by adding more innovative ideas; hence, the arrival of the "composphere u-roll composting system".
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How Does Composphere U-Roll Composting System Work?
As the name implies, it is a spherically shaped composter, and you can simply roll it as an alternative to manually turning the bin upside down. The objective of the spherical design is to lessen the hard work involved in the tumbling composters. The latter requires more effort to tumble once the load becomes heavier, thus the rolling sphere-shaped compost bin provided an easier solution.
You need only to roll the sphere around the yard to take care of the mixing and tumbling of the compost contents. Its size, shape, and 315 liter capacity was tested as the most ideal so as not to render the rolling of the composphere a laborious process. The more rolling it gets, the faster the composting process; hence, providing the home garden ample supply of compost in just a few weeks time.
In fact, the user will be constantly rolling it for a purpose. Instead of using a wheelbarrow to transport the grass trimmings and the raked leaves, you only have to roll the sphere nearer to the waste that needs picking up.
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The composphere u-roll composting systems are usually made from 100% recycled plastic. It may be spherical but it still has a flat base to prevent it from making any runaway rolls in your yard. In addition, the liquid produced by the decomposing wastes, can easily find its way out through the small drainage holes found along its flat base. You can keep your composphere neatly stored by placing a piece of old carpet or any absorbent material underneath the drainage holes to avoid any liquid puddle around your composting system.
Roll the sphere shaped bin as often as you want, since it will speed up the composting process and make room for more organic and yard wastes. The more aeration it gets the better, the more liquid it drains out the less soggy your compost material.
Environmental Impact of Composting
Based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies, an estimated 25% or 63.5 million tons of yard and kitchen food wastes formed part of the yearly landfill waste contributions. By the year 2006, nationwide recycling processes which made use of about 82 million tons of organic waste, prevented the emission of an estimated 49.7 million metric tons of carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere. This was said to be equivalent to the reduction of emissions made annually by 39 million cars.
As a soil enhancer, finished compost gives back the organic nutrients back to the soil thus making an otherwise unfit soil, ideal for gardening. It can add better composition to the land with its natural fertilizer and helps prevent water run-offs because the compost mixture renders the soil more permeable or porous.
Note: You can find several models of the composphere u-roll composting systems available at online stores like Amazon. URLs for the images of these product can be found in the Reference Materials and Image Credit Section.
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Reference Materials and Image Credit Section
The CompoSphere--- http://www.originalorganics.co.uk/the-composphere.htm