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Since these materials are relatively clean and bio- degradable, disposal in landfills may be unnecessary and wastes space. In addition, as yard wastes decompose in landfills, they generate methane gas and acidic leachate. Methane is a colorless, explosive greenhouse gas that is released as bacteria decompose organic materials in landfills. If methane is not controlled at a landfill, it can seep underground and into nearby buildings, where it has the potential to ex- plode. Yard wastes also contribute acidity that can make other waste constituents more mobile and therefore more toxic. - EPA
Also, Do Not Compost any of the following kitchen wastes: meats, bones, dairy products, salad dressing, cooking oil, peanut butter, grease, and charcoal ashes. These items attract rodents and flies.
Note: If you have too much yard waste to effectively compost, take the excess to the Salt Lake Valley Landfill Compost Facility!
Cause: Not enough air
Solution:Turn the compost weekly
Cause: Too much water
Solution: Add dry grass or straw & turn the compost weekly
Cause: Not enough Nitrogen
Solution: Add grass clippings or Nitrogen
Cause: Not enough water
Solution: Add grass clippings or Nitrogen based fertilizer & turn compost weekly
Cause: Too much Nitrogen
Solution: Add dry leaves, straw or sawdust & turn the compost weekly
Cause: Poor ventilation
Solution: Turn the pile
Cause: Pile too small
Solution: Make pile bigger or insulate the sides
83% of consumers think companies should accomplish business goals while improving society and the environment.
US organizations waste $2.8 Billion a year in energy costs by leaving computers on overnight. Not to mentionprinters, fax machines, copiers and lights.
Baled cardboard sells at an average of $80/ton. If you accumulate enough, the expense of a baler may pay off in the end.
Stop the expense of disposable water bottles. Buy a filter and make the one-time purchase of sturdy, company-logo, reusable bottles.
Adding a recycling bin can cut your garbage collection in half. Since waste haulers pay to dispose of garbage, but not recyclables, those savings can be passed on to you.
Assess your purchases - is there something that is unnecessary? Cut the excess and save the money!
Save nearly $1,000 a year on paper and ink by foregoing the print option.
Speak with your neighbors about the benefits of recycling. The more community support you gain, the higher the priority it becomes for your HOA or landlord.
Look into similar complexes in your area that recycle successfully. Make a few phone calls to the managers of those complexes to find outwhich collection agencies they use. Find out if your complex's current waste contractor offers recycling.
Anticipate and address concerns your HOA or landlord will have including cost, space and contaminated recycle bins. A combined service may cost less than trash alone, trash bins can be replaced by recycle binsand contamination can be reduced by providing recycling guides to residents.
Speak with your Landlord or HOA about the benefits of recycling. Show them the community support. Discuss their concerns and offer solutions. Provide them the contact information of waste/recycling contractors.
Be persistent. You may need to follow up a multiple times but your efforts willpay off!
Remember: Only your Landlord or HOA Board may set up recycling services
Many of the items not acceptable in your blue bin may be recycled at