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From: Terri Gens
Mt. Prospect, IL
Hi, I purchased a countertop compost container for our food scraps. It is one that has a charcoal filter on the top lid. It comes with bio-degradable liners. I was so excited to get started! But I don't know what to do with the bag once it is full. Should I just try to dig hole in the ground (which of course is frozen now...), and then what?! Please help this composting challenged working Mom of 2 young children!

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Hello Terri, Your container is designed to temporarily hold your fresh kitchen scraps for several days until you can move them outdoors to a composing bin. The biodegradable bag is a convenient feature so that once in the composting bin or the soil, it will break down too. The charcoal filter will absorb any offending odors. If you do not have a composting bin already going outside, you can hold the material in a larger container until spring when you can start your composting or bury in the soil. The container should be rodent/wildlife proof and tightly sealed. It can be outdoors or in the unheated garage. You could also consider Vermiculture as it is a great project with your children. The worms eat the fresh vegetable scraps. To learn more about worm composting check out: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/worms/ With a worm bin, you do not even have to go outside in the cold weather to compost!

Sincerely, Richard Hentschel

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