I'm really excited about a new program that is coming to our area in the spring. There will be a separate composting bin with our regular garbage pickup. We'll simply have to save our organic waste in a separate container, and then it will be taken to a recycling centre. This is great news for me, since I don't compost, I barely garden, but I always feel like it's such a waste when I'm tossing veggie peelings, coffee grounds, etc. into the regular garbage.
Here's a bit of the news article from our local paper.
"The winners are the environment and taxpayers. The program will turn people’s kitchen and garden scraps into compost, while at the same time diverting the materials from landfills. The price of tipping rubbish into these dumps is about to increase significantly over the next few years. They are to rise from the current fee of $97 per tonne to $182 per tonne by 2015. By diverting food scraps from the waste stream, the waste disposal costs will be reduced significantly as the cost for processing organics is considerably lower. This year alone, the program will save Township taxpayers between $40,000 and $106,000."
Saving money, repurposing garbage, less waste in the landfill. It just requires a simple change in garbage habits for me. Totally do-able!