Bears in the Compost - Mountain Living

Have you ever considered composting?  There are lots of great reasons to compost, but sometimes composting can attract wildlife.  Here are a few simple steps you can take to minimize wildlife and compost encounters if you live in a rural area or on the edge of a Wilderness like I do.  The Ottawa Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME)(https://www.ccme.ca/files/Resources/waste/organics/compostgdlns_1340_e.pdf) has some great recommendations. 

I had a problem with a bear last summer getting into my compost and the greenhouse, so I was determined to find a solution.  I learned from the CCME that while fruit makes good fodder in your compost, it's not so good for the wildlife.  So, I now have 2 compost containers next to the kitchen sink - one for the veggie scraps & coffee grounds, and the other for the fruit peals & trimmings.  By adding brown paper (like the JÖR Rations pouches or paper rolls from paper towel or toilet paper, and egg shell cartons) along with straw to the veggie clippings & coffee grounds, I can keep my compost aerated and odor free.  And, I was fortunate to find a Certified Master Composter in my town!  She takes my fruit scraps and adds them to her compost (located in town).  No bears there!  Just google "Certified Master Composter" to locate a class or CMC near you.  Here is one link that I found in the North West http://www.tilthalliance.org/learn/mcss), or become one yourself!  

With many landfills closed during the pandemic, one important point (and possibly the most important) is that by composting things like vegetable scraps and brown paper you are keeping waste out of landfills. This was one driving factor for us to find 100% compostable packaging for JÖR RATIONS.  Did you know that the JÖR Ration pouches can go right into your compost and eventually make dirt!  We use eco-friendly soy based ink and a PLA-lined (poly lactic acid) pouch which makes them 'compost ready'.  They also make great fire starter I am told.  Win Win!

This spring I made 24 gallons of dirt from about 6 months worth of composting veggie scraps & brown paper.  So far, no bears in the compost!  

Dirt made from compost

Here are some Composting Facts for you to consider:

1. Composting is a natural form of recycling

2. 20% of discarded waste is food waste that can be recycled

3. Composting reduces the waste that goes into landfills

4. Composting improves soil health & replaces chemical fertilizers

5. And your composted dirt acts as a natural fertilizer 

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