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Green and Clean Home: 5 Sustainable Ways to Handle Waste

Waste and landfills create problems for the planet. Living with trash in your home is certainly not an option. Nonetheless, you prefer not to contribute to ever-growing landfills more than what is absolutely necessary.

People naturally generate waste. Regardless of how careful you are to reuse materials, you will create trash daily. Rather than feel bad about it, consider a few ideas to handle waste more efficiently.

Vegetable Matter Makes Good Mulch

Learn how to compost at home. Recycle fruit waste, vegetable scraps and coffee grounds by mixing them with pesticide-free lawn clippings and leaves. Dead leaves, grass clippings, twigs and other brown matter provides carbon for your homemade compost pile.

Green matter includes the waste from fruit and vegetables you normally throw in the trash bin. Toss the mornings coffee grounds onto your compost heap as well. Meat, fish and dairy products should not go in your compost pile. Green matter provides nitrogen to your compost heap.

Add water and alternate brown and green layers. Keep the mixture covered with a tarp. Within three to nine months you should have a rich, dark soil substance at the bottom of your compost pile to add to your garden.

Participate in Chemical Disposal Programs

Business and government often host days and locations where you can return chemicals and harmful substances. Too often, you or a neighbor may pour used motor oil down a sewer drain after you change the oil in your car. It can be easy to justify. After all, it is only a small amount of petroleum product going down the drain.

Unfortunately, millions of other people pour their harmful chemicals down the drain using the same justification. Anything you dispose down the drain eventually works its way through sediment to contaminate soil and water. Bear the inconvenience of taking your motor oil to an approved site for proper waste disposal.

Large Projects Require Large Receptacles

When you undertake a home renovation project, do not try to stuff the waste into your household trash can. Building materials, construction cast-off’s, old appliances, landscaping trash and more should go in the proper container meant to hold those items.

Handle waste with effective rubbish management. This does not mean sneaking this trash in with the neighbor’s rubbish during the night before your scheduled trash retrieval day.

Reduce Purchases Containing Waste Products

Whenever feasible, purchase large quantities of items you use regularly to cut down on the number of boxes and cardboard you toss in the trash. Wash out those pickle jars to store food in. That is a better option than throwing all that glass in the trash bin.

With some forethought and effort, your waste footprint will make a smaller imprint on the planet. Do your part in reducing rubbish coming from your home.

Lizzie Weakley, the author of this post, is a freelance writer.

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