*Rant* on someone who was careless with composting
So I decided to start a vermicompost network in my town as my way of volunteering. I make bins for free for people.
A lady who lives in a neighbourhood of snooty rich people called for a bin. I gladly made her one and emailed her a pdf with all the instructions, and outlined very clearly step by step how to care for them in person. I even emailed her every now and then to follow up and see how she was doing. Later on, she kept on complaining about the smell. I told her to add bedding, newspapers, to put the food in small pieces.
6 months later, she got fed up and dropped off the bin at my house. IT was so heavy, my back hurts from carrying it up all the stairs still.
The bin smelled so bad, so diabolical. I had to put on a face mask. And it was leaking. She didn't seem to care.
I immediately started sorting out the problem. I separated many of the worms into a new bin with new bedding.
I felt like I was working at an animal shelter on a rescue mission.
Her bin was so muddy, so I added as much bedding as I could. But that solved maybe 5% of the smell. I bought incense candles, and febreeze. Still no change. I opened my windows as wide as possible. Its fall now, and I'm freezing as I'm typing this.
So now its freezing here, and it smells. This is terrible. I'm so upset I'm going through this when I am trying to volunteer for a good cause.
What's worse is that I live in a studio apartment, so the bin is in the same room with me. Argh.
Everyone tells me to throw it out, but that would be bad because the contents are anaerobic.
I should also add that when I opened the bin, the food was laying just there. She never covered it with any bedding. It seemed like she never added bedding at all. She treated the bin as if it was a trash can. And she put onions and lots of orange peels. What an imbecile.
I hope she has no pets. I hope she has no children. Or a partner.
Its been two days, and the smell isn't getting much better. I added as much bedding as I could, I mixed a bunch in, and I put a very thick layer on top. I am refraining from adding more until a few more days so I don't disturb the worms.
I am going to work tomorrow where there is a shredder machine, and I am going to shred like 50 newspapers and put them all in 3 big tote bags. Then I will go to my local hardware store and buy a few more bins.
If anyone can tell me what they did with a big smelly, leaky, muddy bin, I'd like to know! I'd like to see the end of this tunnel by tomorrow.