I realize that making dirt doesn't sound that exciting, but consider this: I made it by composting my garbage, specifically old fruit and vegetable scraps and newspaper.
If this still doesn't sound amazing, please also consider that I live in the middle of Chicago, where composting is not so common and, one might argue, also quite difficult.
Here's the thing. Because of rodent problems in the city, you only have two composting options:
- A worm bin - Will compost your waste very fast, but requires love and attention and a willingness to have worms in your house
- A fully-enclosed compost bin or tumbler - Requires exact proportions of different materials to avoid odors and takes a long time, most likely because the batches are too small and the compost isn't getting enough air
So here's the point of my story:
If you live in the suburbs or in a small town, you don't need an enclosed bin to prevent rodents. You can basically throw all of your organic waste into a pile and wait for it to turn into dirt.
Don't believe me? Here are some resources to learn more:
Composting Information from the EPA
Composting for the Homeowner, from the University of Illinois
Compost Guide - Composting Fundamentals
p.s. I know there are a lot of people in the suburbs who already compost. Kudos to you! Maybe you can train your neighbors?