Week 1: My Resolution… Yard Wasting.
Wanted to start the 52 Weeks of Good Campaign off with a resolution we can all keep and practice for 2012 (and beyond). It’s time to start reducing how much we throw away that ends up in landfills!
I’m not talking about saving all packaging and plastic so you accumulate your own landfill at your home, I’m talking about looking at what it is you throw away. First, make sure you are recycling everything you can. Give the materials you can back to your community so they may find new uses for them and reuse them. Second, set-up a yard waste bin at your house! This has become my New Years resolution as I know it is easily attainable and it will be a resolution I can keep! Here is how I did it.
Things you will need:
- Bin for home – You will want a container that has a solid lid so your house doesn’t start to smell. Here is the smaller one I will be using (small container for my small apartment), but they do come in larger garbage can sizes (like we have at the office!)
- Bags – Because the items you are able to put in yard waste are decomposable, you need bags that will decompose, too (aka NOT PLASTIC). Here is a list of some bags that work: http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/garbage-recycling/biodegradable-bags.asp
Start! These are the basic items that go in the yard waste bin:
- Meat, fish, poultry, bones
- Dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.)
- Vegetable and fruit trimmings
- Egg shells, bread, pasta and coffee grounds
- Table scraps
- Solid food leftovers
- Paper towels and napkins
- Paper coffee filters and tea bags
- Greasy pizza delivery boxes.
Don´t put these in the food scrap/yard waste bin
- Plastic-coated containers such as milk and ice cream containers.
- Plastic coated paper such as plates, cups and bowls. They do not degrade over time.
- Plastic of any kind
- Grease or liquids
- Pet waste
As I am in Seattle, the information I am providing is for my area. To find out how to set-up yard waste in your area just Google “Yard waste” and “(Your city name)” To learn what happens to the Seattle’s yard waste, read “A Banana Peel Gets Recycled.” A quick story on the impact your yard wasting can have on your community.
Every bit counts and the more people that take a minute to look at what it is they are throwing away, the better and cleaner place we will have.