The Zoo has been composting much of its organic waste for over a year now, and has recently begun composting in the Zoo Café. All of the plates, napkins, cutlery and most of the cups are compostable, as well as all of your food scraps.
Did you know that you can compost too, just like that Zoo? You can transform your kitchen and yard waste into a rich, nutritious compost for your garden. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Save the peels, cores, skins, etc. from your food scraps. Mix in with leaves, grass clippings, twigs, etc. into a compost bin or pile.
- Turn your compost bin or pile every once in awhile, and make sure it is as wet as a wrung out sponge.
- About 3 months later, your food and yard waste will have decomposed into rich, nutritious compost. It should smell like good, earthy soil, be a rich dark color and you shouldn’t be able to recognize anything in it (i.e. a banana peel).
About 60% of overall household waste is compostable. By turning this waste into rich compost, you can keep it out of the landfill and provide your plants with chemical free, nutrient rich soil amendments.
DO Compost in your Backyard Bins/Piles:
- Fruit & Vegetable Scraps such as orange peels, apple cores, watermelon rinds, carrot tops, potato peels, grape stems, pistachio shells, etc.
- Coffee grinds and tea bags
- Grass clippings
- Twigs and wood chips
DO NOT Compost in your Backyard Bins/Piles:
- Dairy Products
- Pet Waste
- Weed Seeds
There are great resources around the City to help get your started, including compost bins sold at Park+Vine, classes and information given by the Civic Garden Center or Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District, compost blogs, and many more.
Next Tuesday, April 17th, the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District will be hosting a Composting Seminar right here at the Cincinnati Zoo at 6:30pm. Registration is required as space is limited. Details can be found here.
Get started with turning your trash into treasure! Save space in the landfill, create rich compost and watch your garden grow.
April 10, 2012 2 Comments
The holidays have come and gone so quickly! New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and before we know it, all of our holiday cheer will be packed away once again. If you have a real Christmas tree this year, consider recycling it so it can become mulch, wood chips or compost and help future Christmas trees grow! According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year. Imagine if all of those trees are recycled! Close to 350 million Christmas trees currently grow on tree farms in the U.S. alone and for every Christmas tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring. There are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the United States, including the following throughout southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Make sure your tree is free of any lights, ornaments, other decorations, nails and wire before dropping them off or setting them at the curb (depending on your location).
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December 27, 2011 No Comments
There are 3 green classes (two topics) this October. I hope you can make it to learn about ways to reduce waste! Each class is free, but space is limited! To reserve your spot and receive your free ticket, visit our e-ticketing store.
October 10, 6pm: E-Waste Recycling
2trg, an e-waste (electronic waste) recycler and pledged e-Steward, will address a growing problem that affects everyone – increasing amounts of electronic waste caused by technology obsolescence. 2trg will explain the problems associated with recycling e-waste, discuss solutions offered by the recycling industry, and teach you what to look for when choosing an electronics recycler.
October 17, 6pm & October 24, Noon: Worm Composting
Join representatives from Hamilton County Soil and Water District to learn about how easy it is to vermicompost at home. See a working worm bin first hand and learn about the do’s and don’ts to maintaining your own worm bin. Information will be given about vermicomposting as well as where to get worms to start your own system. Bring your questions and learn all about how worms can eat your garbage!
Questions? Contact email@example.com
September 30, 2011 1 Comment