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Reuse, Recycle and Compost

Re-using, Recycling and Composting are three environmentally friendly ways to handle waste. Reusing is when a person uses an item again after it has been used such as a reusable water bottle.  Creative reuse is when a different function is used for an old item.  Composting is when household organic waste such as food scraps, leaves, grass cuttings and coffee grinds, combine with air and water and go through a process of biological decomposition. The compost that results is useful for gardens or can be used as soil. Even if you do not have a compost pile, many municipalities pick up yard waste and then do their own composting with residents’ green waste. Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products.

Composting can reduce energy and costs on water, pesticides and fertilizer. The economic and environmental impact of recycling include:

  • Less landfill space used and fewer landfills needed
  • Prevents pollution
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Recycling industry employs more than 1 million people (paid ~$37 billion annually)
  • Teaches the next generation to take care of the planet

Composting Ratio’s for Home Composting:

2 parts green (food scraps, coffee grounds, general garden waste, etc.)

1 part brown  (leaves, pine needles, shredded newspaper, wood chips, etc)