Recycle and Compost

Posted on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Recycle and Compost

I thought I would try to reinforce the topic of recycling and composting your household trash. Last year the County requested that each household participate in a new green waste recycling system. Our County will no longer be able to take waste to our local landfill after December 2008, which means our residential waste will have to be transported to a facility further away, resulting in higher costs. So now, not only does it cost more in transportation, but increases the carbon footprint as well. The new recycling program that was implemented allows all households to recycle and compost. New rollout carts were provided, a black one for household garbage and a green one for compost. The County also supplied a small green covered pail for kitchen scraps that can be added regularly to the large green cart, as well as a large recycling bag for paper products.

I use this blue box to add all my recycling to throughout the week.

Then once it is full I proceed to sort it all out into blue bags for weekly pick up.

This is one of the simplest methods to help make a big difference. Our current County’s waste stream is 11% waste, 37% recyclables, and 52% organics. This new waste collection service has the potential to divert up to 89% of our waste. That is a huge impact in reducing the amount of material that ends up in our landfill and just think about all the products that can be re-manufactured from all the recyclable materials.

Here are a few GREEN terms:

Compostable – Materials based on plant or animals tissues that will decompose in the environment. Compost bags are made from a food by-product and can easily break down in the soil.

Recyclables – Materials such as paper products – newspapers, mixed paper, boxboard or cardboard, aluminum cans, glass jars, plastic bottles or containers, plastic bags, and styrofoam.These materials can be manufactured into a new product by changing the physical form of an object or material and making a new product from the material.

Household hazardous waste – Products that are toxic, ignitable, reactive or corrosive should not go to the landfill. These items should be taken to an Enviroservice for proper disposal.

Organics – Materials that are or were recently living from plant or animal origin. Items such as leaves, grass, hair, or food scraps.

Reduce – Take action before waste is generated to either reduce or completely prevent generating waste.

Reusable – Material or items that can be used more than once prior to sending it to be composted or the landfill.

Waste – Materials that are not organic or recyclable. These items are typically made from two or more different types of materials and combined into one such as a chip bag, made of foil and plastic.

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