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Making earth on Earth Day

I have always been very diligent when dealing with separating household waste. I’m the guy picking through the cans separating paper from plastic and disposing of it responsibly. Until a few years ago, the same could not be said for my separation and disposal of organic waste. We were not composting in our previous residence but once we moved to our new home, our backyard compost bin was put to work and the results are pretty amazing.

If you are not composting your household or yard waste, you are simply contributing to the millions of tonnes of organic matter that needlessly ends up clogging solid waste landfills, or composted via energy guzzling treatment facilities. Regardless of where it ends up, you are not doing yourself or the environment any good. Canadians dispose of about 350 kilograms of household waste each year and of the 200 kilograms of organic waste – and 50% of that can be composted if you take the time to learn about the process and the benefits composting can provide.

Check out this week’s video where I take you through the process. I will share what I know (although I’m still learning so feel free to chime in and give me some additional advice!) and hopefully you can begin taking less waste to the curb and instead put it in back into your garden. You’ll be glad you did!

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  • Tara June 10, 2010, 3:45 pm

    Hey R – nice one! I’ll have to send you one of the cranberry composting tea bags my friend gave me. She has a cranberry farm in Oregon and the “waste” they collect up when harvesting the cranberries is now made into a great composting tea. Pretty cool actually. :)

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