If you are not already living a more sustainable lifestyle, it can be daunting to even think about it. Overwhelming, you might say.
“It’s too hard!”
“It takes too much time!”
“It’s a pain in the a**!”
“Why should I have to when none of my neighbors are?”
“My neighborhood doesn’t recycle – or doesn’t do single stream so it’s too much work…”
Well, about eight years ago, my neighborhood didn’t do single stream recycling and it WAS burdensome having so separate – and the city didn’t recycle nearly as much as they do now. I helped form a group of people in conjunction with Denver Recycles and the now Governor of Colorado. Before I knew it, we had large wheelie bins that could hold two weeks’ worth of recycling.
I didn’t grow up composting or gardening, but now our waste to the landfill is minimal and we use our food scraps to nourish our small garden which then becomes food for our family.
It doesn’t take that much extra time and the feeling of knowing where my waste is going and reducing our family’s impact on the city landfill and the planet-at-large makes me feel better as a person.
When I go out to harvest in the garden in the summer months, it’s like my birthday every time – gifts just present themselves asking little in return…like fresh, organic raspberries, tomatoes, squashes, beans (SO many beans). And then, they give the gift of seeds so, over time, I have had to buy fewer and fewer seeds in the spring…completing the cycle. It’s satisfying and exciting and cheap.
Setting up a compost bin probably takes half an hour…maintaining it takes little time as all you have to do is “feed” it regularly, but not even daily…ours is out by our garage, so whenever I’m going out, I can just dump the compost into the bin/box and leave the bucket from the kitchen in the garage. Then, I bring the bucket back in on my way back home, rinse it out (to prevent smelliness) and start the refilling process as I cook. The bucket is a small step-can that lives on my counter/kitchen bench by the sink. About once a week, I stir the compost and about once a month I add leaves in (from autumn). The leaves are stored in containers in our garage.
Let me say it simply…it saves money and doesn’t take that much time…and it helps reduce the amount of stuff going to the landfill.
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