California Leads the Way In Requiring Citizens to Recycle and Compost Their Garbage

Kitchen Food Waste
Kitchen Food Waste


More and more states are encouraging and even requiring citizens to start composting their organic waste in an effort to reduce the burden on landfills. The state of California seems to be the most progressive. In fact, San Francisco leads the country in recycling its waste. San Franciscans recycle approximately 72 of their waste, which is one of the highest in the country.

San Francisco issued a mandate in August that requires residents and businesses to separate their trash from potentially compostable materials as well as separating all recyclable materials. This new laws also carries fines for failure to comply. Citizens can be fined up to $100.00 per violation and businesses up to $500.00 per violation if they fail to properly separate recyclable and compostable material from their trash.

Citizens can also be fined if garbage collectors do not see them submitting at least a cubic yard of refuse for composting on a weekly basis.

This bold move by states such as California come at a time when our landfills are reaching capacity at an alarming rate. Over 2/3 of our garbage is compostable, which means it is time for us to do our part in learning to compost at home. We can easily compost our organic materials in our very own backyards.

It's Time to Compost!
It's Time to Compost!


There are many manufacturers that have started making very functional composters and compost bins that blend well with the landscape and help reduce odors and rodents as well as produce finished compost in as little as 3-4 weeks. These include compost bins, compost tumblers and worm composting bins. Prices range from approximatley $90.00 – $400.00 depending on the style of composter.

Finished Compost from a Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler
Finished Compost from a Tumbleweed Compost Tumbler


Isn’t it time we all did our part and started composting? Don’t throw it away, compost it! For more information on composting you may want to read “How to Compost.” Also, be sure and check out our Store for a great selection of composters, compost bins and compost tumblers.

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First Commercial U.S. Solar Power Tower Launched

 

It’s about time-yes?!

The first commercial solar power tower in the United States was unveiled near Lancaster, Calif., on Aug. 5 by eSolar.  The Sierra SunTower solar power plant in Lancaster, Calif., can power more than 4,000 homes in California’s Antelope Valley.

Article Source:  http://www.motherearthnews.com/Renewable-Energy/Solar-Power-Tower-United-States.aspx

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What Disposable or Single Use Products Have You Given Up?

Something to think about…what could we really live without?

Don’t throw it away, compost it!

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Healthy-People-Healthy-Planet/Disposable-Products.aspx

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Unveiling a Plastic Bag Ban in Mexico City – Green Inc. Blog – NYTimes.com

The incredible “shrinking” plastic bag!

http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/21/unveiling-a-platic-bag-ban-in-mexico-city/

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How to Compost

It's Time We Learned How to Compost!
It's Time We Learned How to Compost!


It is estimated that the average person throws away around 4 pounds of garbage per day. Around 75 percent of that garbage is comprised of organic matter, which means it is compostable. Isn’t it time we started doing our part to reduce the amount of garbage ending up in landfills and learned how to compost?

Composting is a way to speed up the natural, biological process through which organic wastes are reduced to humus, which is dark, earth like organic matter that has reached the point where it will not break down any further. This finished compost or humus greatly improves soil texture and better enables the soil to retain nutrients, moisture and air for the support of healthy flowers and vegetables. Composting is something we can all do to help the environment, and it is rather easy to learn how to compost. Continue reading “How to Compost”

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Worm Composting – Those Wigglies Eat Your Garbage!

Worm Composting with the Worm Factory®
Worm Composting with the Worm Factory®

Worm composting—I am sure you have heard of it, but what the heck is it?  Worm composting is a wonderfully efficient way to convert kitchen scraps, cardboard and junk mail into nutrient-rich compost for your garden.  Did you know that these wiggly composters can eat their body weight in garbage in a day?  That’s a lot of composting going on.

Earthworms are very efficient little composters leaving behind some of the richest and most productive compost known.  These worm castings or worm compost contain 5 to 11 times the amount of available of N-P-K as the soil the worms ate to produce those castings.  So how do these wiggly composters do their magical work?  The worm’s intestinal tract secretions act to chemically liberate plant nutrients with the aid of the microorganisms present in the soil.  These wonderful earthworms tunnel through your soil day and night liberating plant nutrients wherever they go!

Continue reading “Worm Composting – Those Wigglies Eat Your Garbage!”

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Wiggly composters help with trash woes – Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca

Found a great article extolling the benefit of worm composting.  Those little wiggly guys can help us get rid of our garbage and make wonderful compost for our garden all at the same time!

Take a moment and check out this article:  Wiggly composters help with trash woes – Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca.

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The water savers – The Boston Globe

I found a great article that talks about the efforts of three families who greatly reduced their water consumption by using, among other things, rain barrels and composting toilets.

We can all learn much from their ingenuity and determination.  Be sure and check out the article…The water savers – The Boston Globe.

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The Benefits of a Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel
Rain Barrel

Have you been thinking about getting a rain barrel? Did you know that 600 gallons of water will fall on a 1,000 sq. ft. roof after only an inch of rain? Don’t let that precious rain water go to waste, capture it in a rain barrel.

With a rain barrel you can collect and store rainwater from your rooftop to be used later for things like watering the lawn, flowers, and vegetable plants in your garden. In fact, a rain barrel can help lower water costs and can save approximately 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months. Continue reading “The Benefits of a Rain Barrel”

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