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Earth Gauge Tip of the Week — Spring into Compost

4/9/2012 10:30:17 AM

Tags: spring, composting, compost bin, environmental, Earth Gauge

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Did you know that yard trimmings and food make up 27 percent of the waste going to landfills in the United States?  Putting yard and food waste in a compost pile instead of the trash can lowers the load in our landfills and creates rich organic material that can enhance plant growth and reduce the need for fertilizers in your yard.

Viewer Tip:  Instead of bagging up spring yard clippings and food waste, consider adding them to a backyard compost pile.  Fruits and vegetables, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves and other yard trimmings can all head to the compost bin instead of the landfill.  For tips on building your own compost pile or bin and a complete list of items that can be added to composts, visit http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/composting/by_compost.htm.

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(Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Composting: Basic Information"; “Create Your Own Compost Pile”)
 



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