Our planet is plagued by rising piles of trash. Composting is one method that addresses this growing problem, and at the same time efficiently returns nutrients to the soil. The following websites share resources and information relating to different aspects of composting. The first (1) site from the Cornell Waste Management Institute (CWMI) at Cornell University "provides links to educational resources aimed at both people interested in composting at their homes, schools, or business and others who want to promote small scale composting." From this Small Scale Composting page, site visitors can link to the general Composting section of the CWMI site, as well as to sections for Reduction and Recycling, Youth Resources, and Sewage Sludge. The second (2) website, created by Texas Master Composter Mary J. Tynes, offers "information on how to compost, how to use finished compost, the benefits of composting, what to compost, and many other topics related to home composting." The site includes sections for Compost Piles, Equipment, Additional Methods, References, Educational Materials, and Worm Composting. The third (3) site, from J.G. Press, presents _BioCycle_, a Journal of Composting & Organics Recycling. Many articles on the site require a subscription to view, but the site does make a variety of articles (from current and past issues) available for free viewing. The site also contains a good collection of links to Recycling Associations, Composting and Biosolids Associations, and other composting resources. In addition, the site links to _Compost Science & Utilization_, a J.G. Press "quarterly peer-reviewed journal focusing on management techniques to improve compost process control and product quality, with special emphasis on utilization of composted materials." The fourth (4) site from Cornell Composting (maintained by Cornell Waste Management Institute) offers information about, and activities related to, composting in schools. The fifth (5) website provides a load of information and resources relating to composting toilets. The sixth (6) site, Worm Digest, is a good resource for vermicomposting enthusiasts, and for people interested in learning about composting with worms. From the EM Technology Network, the seventh (7) site contains the EM Database, which allows visitors to search more than 600 research presentations and reports relating to EM (Effective Microorganisms). Developed by Dr. Teruo Higa of the University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, effective microorganisms are used to promote composting, soil fertility, decomposition, and more. From the USDA-National Organic Standards Board, the final (8) site contains a 21-page Compost Tea Task Force Report from April 2004.


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