There's also a more technologically-oriented solution. My husband and I received a NatureMill composter as a wedding gift last summer. We were extremely excited to get started with it, but it's been a learning curve. There's been smell, and mold, and the cranky behavior you expect of a two-year-old. We call it our baby, now, and we laugh at its slight eccentricities. It's a great gadget, and we love using it even more now that we've figured it out a bit.
But even technology-assisted composting takes some study. (And in full disclosure, we were traveling a lot during the fall and winter, so that neglect may have been the root cause of most of those problems!)
Once you've got it rolling, it is quite a thrill to see that rich, dense, black soil come out -- a feast for garden plants. We plan on feeding our vegetable garden very well in the spring!
We do hope that food composting becomes just as prevalent as recycling; it benefits the earth in so many ways.
• Read the Times piece: Urban Composting: A New Can of Worms
(Images: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times)