Vermicomposting

  • Faster: 2 weeks
  • Richer

    Worm castings contain 5-11 times more nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium

  • More beneficial micro-organisms and plant growth hormones

    Better for your garden and indoor plants

  • Less effort

    Feed the worms and forget about them

  • Onsite and Indoors

    Year round composting, even in winter

  • Year round use

    Don't wait for spring to use it

Traditional Composting

  • Slower: 3 - 18 months
  • Poorer

    Not as rich in nutrients

  • Less Benefits

    Not as many beneficial micro-organism as vermicompost

  • More Effort

    One must manage the compost pile every few days

  • Outdoors

    Regardless of scale, one can't manage a compost pile in winter in freezing weather

  • Fair weather use

    You can only get and use the compost Spring through Fall. But who really uses compost in the Fall?


With these differences, why do people choose traditional compost?

More than likely their business model is tied to the garbage model: haul it away.

Hauling it away and composting it on their site raises of a lot of issues.

  1. It doesn't close the loop
  2. Requires more energy costs
  3. Therefore it isn't sustainable;
  4. and it isn't resilient

Haul away composting programs don't directly benefit the source of the raw compost. In fact, I would go so far as to say that traditional composting companies should actually pay their sources for the compostables, not the other way around.