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Quiz: Do you Know how an Indoor Automatic Composting System Works?
by Staff
Remember the days when you had a neat little compost area at the bottom of your garden? Well, now you can do it all indoors, with a cleaner, neater, faster and easier system: an automated indoor composting unit. Fertilize your trash skills with our composting quiz.

How much annual waste do Americans produce?

  • 75 million tons
  • 150 million tons
  • 250 million tons

About one-third of waste is repurposed through __________.

  • recycling and storing
  • refurbishing and recycling
  • composting and recycling

What is an essential part of the composting process?

  • Microorganisms in the soil break down organic materials.
  • Organic materials fuel the regeneration of microorganisms.
  • Microorganisms decompose and cause organic materials to form.

Outdoor composting systems require what sort of maintenance?

  • keeping the pile moist and turning it
  • keeping it dry
  • keeping animals out

Large-scale composting systems are often an eco-friendly alternative to what?

  • recycling
  • landfills
  • dry composting

What would be considered a suitable area for home composting?

  • a dry area
  • a cool area
  • a dry area near a water source

To "cook up" a good compost, what three ingredients should you most have?

  • bread, meat and dairy
  • fruit, leaves and water
  • dairy, meat and alcohol

How long does it take for a compost pile to be ready as a fertilizer?

  • one month to one year
  • at least six months
  • at least a year

Are dairy products good for composting?

  • yes
  • no
  • only cheese

Does the frequency of turning affect the rate of food breakdown?

  • no
  • Yes, it speeds up the process.
  • Yes, it slows down the process.

In an indoor compost system, what function does the built-in heater serve?

  • It keeps the temperature just right for decomposition.
  • It causes some of the moisture to evaporate.
  • It cooks the food scraps to kill any bacteria.

What do the cure tray and drip tray collect?

  • fertilizer and excess liquid
  • earthworms and fertilizer
  • excess liquid and earthworms

Why is it recommended to add baking soda to the indoor composting unit?

  • to create carbon dioxide
  • to break down organic matter faster
  • to maintain acidity levels

How much trash can an indoor composting system accommodate?

  • 50 pounds (22.5 kilograms) a month
  • 120 pounds (54 kilograms) a month
  • 300 pounds (135 kilograms) a month

How long does composting take in an indoor unit?

  • one month to one year
  • 10 to 14 days
  • up to half a year

What is one of the biggest drawbacks to successful indoor composting?

  • smell
  • cost
  • limited composting quantity

What noises does an indoor composting unit make?

  • hissing and clunking
  • whirring and humming
  • pinging and clanging

What's the base price of an indoor composting unit?

  • $300 to $400
  • $700 to $900
  • $1,200 to $1,500

What kind of increased energy bill can you expect when using an indoor composter?

  • 5 kwh (kilowatt hours) a month
  • 8 kwh (kilowatt hours) a month
  • 10 kwh (kilowatt hours) a month

What is unique about vermicomposting?

  • It uses vermillion red to dye the compost.
  • It uses vermin break down the food scraps.
  • It uses worms to break down the compost material.