Tuesday we talked about the actual size of the operation we were looking at, we got some numbers so we should be able to tackle the project with a little more information on what we are dealing with now. Clemson gets about 36,000 llbs per month of food waste,  so our idea would be to use 3 different methods to tackle all of the waste,  our standard pile of compost method, the vermicompost beds, and *possibly* the dehydrating/composting thing from IWS that we are currently testing out at Clemson house.  The dehydrator may take some stress off of the in-vessel unit, but because it only deals with food waste, the salt content of the products is extremely high and makes the compost practically unusable.  Unless the material was heavily diluted and allowed to further decompose with organic material like cuttings and wood, the product would be worthless.  Though vermicomposting is slow, it is faster than traditional composting, and the products are much more valuable. I think it would be worthwhile. I actually read a research paper on vermicomposting vs. traditional composting, and the results were pretty impressive. I would skim over it just to get the gist, it was pretty interesting.

here is the link:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10889860802690513#.Uo44LsSkp8F

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