My small town of Splattsburg, KY recently started offering a recycling service. Each household got a nice blue recycling bin to be put out on garbage day. So far, it’s been working like a charm. This got me to thinking about how much waste my household produces every week and what I can do about it.
My town recycles paper, plastic and aluminum but, as of now, there’s no glass recycling. We don’t use a lot of glass in our home and we’re trying to reuse some glass bottles and jars by storing things like coins and other odds and ends. I’d like to see our state offer a monetary refund for glass bottles as another way to recycle and to make litter more manageable.
I’ve started a small compost pile in my back yard and now, instead of throwing away banana peels, apple cores and any uneaten fruits and vegetables, I toss them in the compost pile and I’ll use the resulting mass as an organic fertilizer for the plants and trees in my yard. I’ve also started using the coffee grounds for a good spring starter fertilizer for the winter stressed azaleas in my front yard as well as a young Japanese maple tree that might struggle due to the harsh winter we just went through.
Reducing My Carbon Footprint
As I documented in a previous article, I sold my car not long ago and now my wife and I rely on one vehicle instead of two. It’s probably not very realistic to expect large family households to give up a vehicle but, I’ve found it to be like a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I don’t have to worry about another car payment or an expensive repair bill and I’ve begun walking much more each and every day the weather permits and I’ve met several people in and around my neighborhood I would have likely never met if I drove everywhere I went. I’ve also lost about fifteen pounds and I feel better than I have in years.
I’m intrigued at the prospect of installing a small wind turbine to help decrease our dependency on the electrical grid. I’ve not worked out all the economic details and I’m sure it’s a fairly expensive project to undertake but, I think it would be great to take a big chunk out of our monthly utility bill.