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:

  1. 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!)
  2. 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
  3.  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.
  4. 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.

What’s your New Year resolution?

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About Kelly

Working at changing the world, with the little things we do, every day. I am the Doer Team Manager and the Do Good Doer at Brown Paper Tickets. My hope with this blog is to help spark a change. To look at the little things we do everyday and see how we can be a positive impact on everyone around us. The more each of us do, however small it may seem, the better world we will all have.

2 responses to “Week 1: My Resolution… Yard Wasting.”

  1. HaltonRecycles says :

    Very positive and inspiring blog campaign!

    On the idea of reducing what we are sending to the landfill, a sometimes overlooked solution is for one to become familiar with their local municipal waste management programs. It is a quick and simple search where you can discover many programs offered for waste diversion. Whether it is putting the proper material to the curb for recycling to finding out locations where you can drop off your unwanted electronics.

    If your local municipality does not offer a program, maybe they are aware of a local retailer that has a “take back” program. Or one can search these out, I am always surprised by what I find!

    If we all became familiar with the waste diversion programs that were available to us, made sure that we used them and passed the word along to a friend or family member, you’re right we’d have a “better and cleaner place” to live in.

    Good luck with your yard waste bin! Look forward to following your campaign!

    Nicole Meek, Waste Management Program Coordinator, Halton Region (Ontario, Canada), Follow us on Twitter @HaltonRecycles, Read our blog at http://www.haltonrecycles.ca

    • Kelly Allen says :

      Thank you so much for your feedback! You make some excellent points and I think it all just comes down to knowledge. I think if people took the time to learn what is available out there, they might be surprised. It only takes a second to sort the items you are disposing of, but really does make a big difference. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

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