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It would be my first real look at someone else's worm bins. He's a retired Navy civil engineer who started composting about six years ago after one day contemplating his banana peel as he relaxed on his sofa. He said he thought about its going into a landfill: "And I just sat there: 'Oh, just throw it away like I've done so many other times. No other option.' " But he thought about it some more, and his banana peel was taking him to environmental problems, erosion, landfills. "It's like in 'The Matrix.' I'd just taken the red pill and then I was stuck and I couldn't go back," he said. He started worm composting in his apartment: "I killed my worms a couple times." And then he took a composting course offered by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a national nonprofit that runs community development programs, and ECO City Farms in Prince George's County, Maryland, which runs urban farming programs. For his course project, he decided to introduce vermicomposting to his 165-unit apartment building, Rhapsody Condominiums. He had to convince the five board members. One agreed, two were willing and the other two took more work, Neal said. Now, nearly two years into the operation, Neal and another resident of the building, Carrie Brownlie, feed the worms twice a week. The scraps come from fewer than half a dozen apartments. Neal and Brownlie did not publicize the project, preferring to start small. We met in the lobby, took the elevator down to the trash room and retrieved a bucket of food scraps marked for composting. Brownlie and her two young sons weighed them, measured out shredded paper and mixed it all together. In a little-used stairwell off the parking garage were 10 18-gallon plastic containers, the kind you might store off-season clothes or sports equipment in, lined up along the wall, numbered and with notes attached about the last feeding. By the numbers A thousand red wigglers weigh about a pound, and Neal estimates he has 30 pounds of worms กระเป๋าเป้แฟชั่น in the 10 bins. So basically, tens of thousands of worms. While those worms could eat 60 pounds of food scraps in a week, they do fine on a lot less, and it is more of a problem to put too much food in a bin than to underfeed them because the food will rot and build up heat, killing the worms.

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