Dr. Know explains the ins and outs of municipal composting codes in this response from the April 2013 issue.
May I have a compost pile in my backyard? My spouse says we aren’t allowed to compost on our small city lot, and worries that the neighbors will complain. Is there a Cincinnati ordinance against it—or is she just being overly fastidious? —Uneasy Being GreenDear Uneasy:If your small lot is in the City of Cincinnati, you are not only allowed to compost, you are encouraged to do so. In Northside you may quite possibly be required to compost. You can even take a city-sponsored class on composting if you feel you need to know more than 1. Dump 2. Stir 3. Spread—instructions that have always served the Doctor quite well, thanks. If, however, your small city lot is in one of the myriad small cities that surround Cincinnati, where the watchword is more often than not NIMBY, you would be well advised to check with the local authorities. The Doctor reminds you of the flap in bosky Lakeside Park where a fond parent had crafted a No Gurls Alowd-style treehouse (see next question) only to find that such a slice of childhood was banned by local law. The Doctor would suggest Lakeside Park composters smuggle their coffee grounds over the line into the more lenient Ft. Mitchell.
You are right to suspect that your spouse is being overly fastidious. Native Cincinnatians are notoriously squeamish about anything less crisp than a communion wafer, and the knowledge that something as innocent as a cabbage head could be decomposing on the property is capable of setting off a migraine.
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