Waste production is simply a fact of life. As you consume, you will produce waste. Though you can and should take steps to reduce the amount of waste you create, even those most concerned with conservation still generate some amount of waste. What you do with that waste when it is created, then, is of utmost importance. Though some materials may eventually end up in the landfill, this doesn’t have to be the fate of organic waste. To help you protect the environment in the best way possible, here are a few tips to help you properly recycle organic waste.
One common method for recycling organic waste is composting. This allows you to create rich fertilizer from organic items that you throw out. Before you begin your composting journey, though, it’s important that you gather some necessary information regarding composting in your area. First, you want to be sure the ways in which you intend to compost don’t break any local ordinances. Even if it’s legal in your city, you may have a neighborhood association that forbids compositing due to the associated odor. Rather than having to undo your efforts later, then, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re doing it correctly right from the start.
If your local area allows composting, you want to be sure to do it in the most efficient way possible. The best way to keep the process going is to utilize multiple bins to hold waste in varying stages of decay. The more bins you can use, the more stratified you can make your compost, allowing faster decay and less odor. When you set up your compost bins, it’s a good idea to make them out of materials that, though durable, are compostable themselves, rather than using plastic bins that will never break down naturally.
If composting isn’t allowed or practical in your area, there is another method for properly recycling organic waste. Many recycling facilities collect organic waste to be processed separately from other types of recyclable materials. These facilities use advanced composting methods to create extra heat in each pile, thus speeding up the process and allowing for a wider variety of materials to be composted. If you have a large amount of organic material to be recycled, a dumpster rental may be the best way to transport all the material to a recycling facility.
Know Before You Throw
In today’s environmentally conscious world, more and more products are being produced with the end in mind. This means that many products are produced from compostable materials. While this is a great step forward for environmental protection, it makes it more important than ever that you’re careful with what you put in your compost pile or organic waste recycling bin.
After all, if something is included that is not compostable, it could end up mixed in with the compost, resulting in trash being embedded in the ground when the compost is added to your lawn or garden. Therefore, be sure you double-check before you get rid of something to know exactly how it needs to be disposed of.
Be a Part
The organic waste recycling movement is growing all the time. If you’ve never been a part of it, now is a great time to join. If all organic waste could be diverted from landfills, there would be a lot of energy saved, a lot less chemical fertilizer used, and a lot of greenhouse gas emissions avoided. Do your part to help save the planet.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan