Some Smart Ways to Jumpstart Your Recycling Program

Some Smart Ways to Jumpstart Your Recycling Program

Working toward a healthier environment involves more than separating glass and plastic. Try a new take on the three "R's" -- recycle, reduce and reuse -- to save money, energy and natural resources.

Mental Health Does Not Come With A Manual, It Comes With Friends & Family Support That Never Gives Up!
Join now

Start in your pantry. Donate packaged foods you know you're not going to eat to a local food bank or soup kitchen.

When you shop, buying in bulk and choosing items in refillable containers translate to less packaging. These options are often more economical in the long-term, too.

To make the most of some of your food waste, start a compost pile. This is a mix of organic material that can be used in your vegetable or flower garden. Compost piles do double duty by keeping this waste out of landfills, where it releases the potent greenhouse gas methane.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that food scraps and yard waste represent up to 30 percent of what Americans throw away and could be easily composted instead. But compost only fruit and vegetable waste -- no meat or bones, for instance.

Compost Composition

  • Greens: grass clippings, vegetable and fruit waste, and coffee grounds.
  • Browns: yard materials like leaves, branches and twigs.
  • Water: add to the greens and browns to help the composting material develop.

When it's ready, use your compost to feed your soil. It can help sandy soil hold nutrients and water, or be used to loosen hard clay soil.

If you aren't able to compost, try "grass-cycling." Mow higher and leave the clippings in place.

The Internet's Most Trusted Source For Mental Health Information
Sign up

These steps are just the beginning. Most communities have recycling programs. Get involved by helping to organize activities and promoting sustainable practices. Find out more at epa.gov.

More information

The EPA has specific guidelines for easy composting to help you get started.


Copyright © 2013-2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Related Content

A Young Mothers Addiction Led To Death & Her Obituary Struck An International Chord
A Young Mothers Addiction Led To Death & Her Obituary Struck An International Chord

Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir died on Sunday, October 7. While her death was unexpect...

Read more
Why Are Children In Class Being Wrongly Labelled As Having ADHD So Frequently?
Why Are Children In Class Being Wrongly Labelled As Having ADHD So Frequently?

Parents worried about their child falling behind academically because they are b...

Read more
The Real Causes Of Anxiety & Depression Might Not Be What You Think
The Real Causes Of Anxiety & Depression Might Not Be What You Think

Across the Western world today, if you are depressed or anxious and you go to yo...

Read more
Companies Are Opening Their Doors To Talent With Autism
Companies Are Opening Their Doors To Talent With Autism

Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Pauley thought he had it all figured out when ...

Read more
Bipolar 1 & Bipolar 2, What’s The Difference?
Bipolar 1 & Bipolar 2, What’s The Difference?

If you think bipolar disorder describes a mental health condition that can cause...

Read more
The Narcissism Test: Do We Have Too Much OR Too Little?
The Narcissism Test: Do We Have Too Much OR Too Little?

Narcissism is hot. Which should make narcissists very happy. But it's also widel...

Read more