Waste Reduction

Composting

Composting is the process of breaking down plant materials or once living-materials to make a dark, earthy substance that is good for enriching soil. It’s a way of recycling yard or kitchen waste, thus reduces waste that is sent to our landfills.

  • What to compost:
    • Grass and lawn clippings
    • Hay
    • Kitchen waste
    • Leaves
    • Straw
    • Weeds and other garden wastes
    • Woodchips and sawdust
  • What not to compost
    • Dairy products
    • Meat, bones, and fatty food wastes
    • Pet wastes
    • Chemically-treated wood products

Green Living

    • Use double sided printing in all computer labs.

Saving Green by Going Green

    • Reusable water bottles
      • If a person were to buy bottled water three times a week for a whole year at $1.25 a bottle they would spend $185.76 on water bottles.  Buying a reusable water bottle would save a person money and improve the environment.
      • U.W.  Fox has reusable water bottles for sale at the book store.
      • Before you buy a plastic reusable water bottle, make sure it is not going to emit BPA (Bis Phenol A).
      • Bottled water cost calculator:  www.newdream.org/water/calculator.php
    • Use a dry erase board rather than a paper calendar
    • Buy a thermos for your coffee instead of using paper or styrofoam cups
      •  ask restaurants to fill your thermos  instead of using their cups

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