Frequently Asked Questions


Qn : What is Compost?
Ans : Compost is soil organic material (like food scraps, leaves, and animal products) decomposed properly. The process is different from ‘rot’. It's a nutrient-rich, dirt-like material that can be used to enrich soil and nourish growth.

Qn : What are the different methods of composting?
Ans : Aerobic, anaerobic and vermicomposting. CIMBY is aerobic composting which requires oxygen in the decomposition process. It involves layering greens and browns in a bin. Anaerobic composting occurs without oxygen. Generally, the compost requires further aerobic processing before it can be used. Vermicomposting involves worms to break down the organic materials.

Qn : I don’t have plants, should I still compost?
Ans : You don’t need to have plants to start composting. Composting is an act of kindness for the planet and ourselves. Global warming is caused by the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere. When you apply compost to soil, the enriched soil captures carbon and the microbes in the soil sequester the carbon. If you don’t have plants, give your compost to community gardeners or sprinkle them onto the soil at public parks or sidewalk tree.

Qn : Can composting be done at home, in an apartment?
Ans : You don’t need a backyard or big open spaces in order to compost. Place CIMBY composter in any well-ventilated space at home e.g. corridor, balcony, under your kitchen table or sink. CIMBY composter is stackable so you don’t need a lot of space.

Qn : Is it complicated to compost? Will it smell or attract pests?
Ans : CIMBY composting is hassle-free, odor-free and pest-free. Join our workshop to understand the science behind aerobic composting, learn to setup and maintain your composter easily. Join the CIMBY composting community on Facebook for support.


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