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Make many small changes to make one big change!

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Here’s one idea.

Compost! 

Welcome to Fall!  A time of harvest and preparation for the winter season ahead.  A time also for cleaning up and raking the colorful leaves that sometimes overwhelm our lawns.

Yes, Its the time of year where we get inundated with organic waste, leaves and, garden clippings not to mention pumpkins, hay bales, and cornstalks!

With all this organic waste overwhelming us, let’s think about the time and energy we waste bagging and carting it off to the dump when we could put it where is belongs… back into the soil.

Did you know that over 27 percent of the US municipal solid waste stream is made of of yard timings and food residuals? That’s over one quarter of the total waste we send off to land fills across America. The Environmental Defense Fund says that around 18 percent of the waste an average family in the U.S. produces comes from the yard and garden. When you recycle your yard and garden waste, you reduce the amount of energy used to send this waste to the dump. Add your organic kitchen scraps to your yard waste and you’re significantly decreasing your waste.

According to the EPA…In 2010, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, more than any other material category but paper. Food waste accounted for almost 14 percent of the total municipal solid waste stream, less than three percent of which was recovered and recycled in 2010. The rest -33 million tons- was thrown away, making food waste the single largest component of MSW reaching landfills and incinerators.

Composting can not only cut your waste energy costs and help reduce the waste stream in your community it also benefits your yard.  Composted soil retains more water and air, improves the soil structure and stimulates root growth in plants.  It can also reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.

What can you safely compost?  Here is a just small list.

Animal manure

Cardboard rolls

Clean paper

Coffee grounds and filters

Cotton rags

Dryer and vacuum cleaner lint

Eggshells

Fireplace ashes

Fruits and vegetables

Grass clippings

Hair and fur

Hay and straw

Houseplants

Leaves

Nut shells

Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces

Paper bags, either ripped or balled up

Plain cooked pasta

Plain cooked rice

Sawdust

Shredded newspaper

Tea bags

Stale bread

Stale saltine crackers

Stale cereal

Used paper napkins

Wood chips

Wool rags

Yard trimmings

Find more resources that will help you take action now here.

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