On the first garbage pick-up day after we received our new compost bin, I was disappointed to see that not many neighbors had their new receptacle sitting out at the curb. I remembered what a chore it was when recycling first arrived. Not too many people wanted to take part, because it took a bit of effort, but now it seems like it’s a normal routine and most people don’t mind. Hopefully composting will become a ritual, just like recycling is today.
Our city has been working on getting and using compost receptacles for about a year. Some people weren’t happy about it, because they don’t want to pay an extra charge for something they didn’t request. Other people who are disappointed are the ones who have been composting in little areas of their yards for years and are now required to pay a monthly fee. I am one who will participate, even though I can relate to the ones who are upset. I decided that since we’re getting charged, why not use it? While reading an article recently, I learned that many people in our city are composting; our city has the best participation rate in our county. Yet, I also read, we are one of the first to participate, so who knows who we should believe!
I didn’t know much about composting, except I knew it was good for the earth. All the things that get put into a compost, decompose, and end up turning into a hummus-like material that is a great fertilizer for plants. In case you’re not familiar with what can be composted, it’s all food and food scraps, certified compostable products, food-soiled paper such as pizza boxes, napkins, and paper egg cartons, and other items such as used coffee grounds and filters, empty toilet paper rolls, old plants, and wilted flower bouquets. I found helpful posts on Nextdoor and learned about compostable garbage bags, how people store those bags, and how some people don’t use them.
Compostable garbage bags can be found at many grocery or retail stores. The bags are good at keeping odors inside. Some people keep the bags in a separate container on their kitchen counters. Others keep it in the freezer, which is a good idea during the summer. Others recommended using paper grocery bags and lining them with a lot of paper towels. This seemed like a waste. Why use up a bunch of paper towels?
It’s been easy to put items in the container on the kitchen counter. Now, we usually have one bag of garbage that goes into our regular garbage bin. Many people find they can save money by switching to a smaller garbage cart.
When I put something in the compost, I think how it will have an easier time getting back to the earth, instead of using up needed space in a landfill. Now our regular garbage is stuff like chocolate candy wrappers that can’t be recycled or composted. Pretty soon some genius will figure out a way to recycle that stuff too. Someone’s thought of old clothes or textile recycling! Clink this link, to learn where you can drop off your old clothes that are too damaged to donate to a worthwhile cause.
I envision a day where there is no garbage, just a bunch of stuff to get recycled or composted or repurposed. What do you think?
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.
The activist is the man who cleans up the river. ~Ross Perot