Annapolis Green is a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to connect, educate and motivate Greater Annapolis to protect the environment and beautify our surroundings for a strong and thriving way of life. " They do a whole bunch of things, from organizing their monthly "Green Drinks" event, to providing sources for responsible plastics for events to composting!!
What Annapolis Green did, was they gathered all the waste from the huge Crab Feast that is sponsored by the Rotary Club each year at Navy Stadium, and they composted it! They sold it in 5 gallon buckets (and a smaller size too) right before Christmas. As soon as the TV story aired, Annapolis Green took in more than enough orders to deplete their stock and then some! Being its winter right now, I can't use my crab compost just yet, but it's in my garage, still hard at work breaking down, and will be absolutely perfect for my spring planting!
It got me wondering though, what other kinds of services are out there like this? For those of you who may be squeamish about having your own compost pile, or who just don't want a smelly mess in your backyard, are there other options out there for you? And the resounding answer is YES!!!
The newest company to Annapolis is Annapolis Compost. You put your scraps into the containers provided by them, and weekly they'll swing by your home and pick it up, leaving you with a clean container. You'll get compost back twice a year, ready for you to use in your gardens!
A quick search brought up other companies in our metro area that will compost for you too! Veterans Compost says it's in Maryland and the DC area. And The Compost Crew says DC and Baltimore.
If you want to give composting a try (we promise, it's easy!), compost bins are available at all Waste Management Services recycling centers and the Recycling and Waste Reduction Division. Click here for facility hours and locations.
So even though the weather outside is not even close to being ideal to start growing things, you can start planning by composting! :-)