Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Week 10: Turn Garbage Into Gold

Last week, hopefully you discovered something new about what your municipality offers for composting. A helpful subscriber sent us these handy apps for the Town of Blue Mountains waste management.
Simcoe County also has a Waste Management app you can download

This week, we’re going to focus on composting, to keep green material out of our landfills. If you have the space available in your yard, the best option is to make your own compost pile. It’s simple, and if you do it right, it isn’t smelly. All of your kitchen scraps, as well as your yard waste can go into your compost pile, and like magic, in a few weeks it turns into rich soil that your gardens will love. There are tons of guides available online to help you get started. 

You can also consider a vermiposter, which can go in your yard, or even in your kitchen. Again if you follow the instructions, it will not be smelly, and your garden will get the benefit of all those worms eating your kitchen scraps.

You can avoid a lot of your organic material going to a municipal facility, and that affects carbon in a few ways. Less hauling means less trucks, and less energy used to process the material. 

Still, there are a lot of things you simply can’t compost in your backyard, like meat and dairy products. You’ll still have to toss those in your municipal green bin.

Challenge 10: Beef up Your Composting Efforts.

  • If you do not compost now, start this week by getting a compost pail.
  • If you compost already, see if there is something you could be putting in (pet waste) that you do not compost right now.
  • If you have a large yard, create a compost pile or vermiculture to deal with food and yard waste.

Good luck, and let us know how you’re doing. Keeping things out of landfill and letting nature work for us does the planet good. See you next Wednesday!

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