Thursday, September 3, 2015

Try Composting!!

By Terri Thomas, Environmental Co-Chair 

If you’re not already taking advantage of composting opportunities on your dock, there are many good reasons to take it up. Food scraps dumped into landfill damage the environment and contribute to global warming. Food in landfills creates methane gas, which traps 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide (CO2), according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Marin County needs to achieve its goal of zero waste to landfill by 2025. About 25% of Marin’s landfill trash is made up of food scraps.
Here’s a short list of what can be composted: All food scraps, plant trimmings (no soil), food soiled napkins & paper towels, milk cartons, ice cream cartons, cardboard take-out food containers, and anything labeled “compostable.” NO plastics (bags, utensils, cartons, coffee cup lids, etc.), aluminum lined cartons (used for chicken & vegetable broth), empty cereal boxes, or animal

Look for the green compost bins on your dock, and use them at your convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bay Cities Refuse picks up our compost every Friday morning. On most docks, residents take turns hauling the compost bins out near the trash bins each Thursday evening, and returning them to the docks the following morning. More volunteers are always needed to help out, so pitch in if you can. Try saving your meat, fish & shellfish in the refrigerator or freezer until late Thursday, then toss out before the early Friday morning pickup. This will help keep the odor & raccoon problems to a minimum. Three- gallon size green compostable bags are great for containing small and wet items like coffee grounds, loose tea leaves, egg shells, vegetable peels & seeds, and leftovers turned into science projects. Costco has the best price on these BioBags – approximately $14 for a box of 125.