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
Welcome to Earth Month! Join the Zoo in going green to help preserve and protect our environment. We have started with small changes – changing light bulbs, fixing leaks, recycling, etc. – until we were comfortable to move on to bigger changes such as solar panels, geothermal wells and pervious pavement. Follow the Zoo’s blog throughout the month to learn about ways you can go green at home, work or school, as well as find out about green events and other resources in Cincinnati and surrounding areas to celebrate Earth Month, and be inspired to celebrate all year long, not just during the month of April. Start with small changes like we did, such as using reusable bags, changing your light bulbs to energy efficient ones, recycling your waste and composting food and yard scraps. Once you are comfortable with these small changes, you can move on to bigger ones. Soon, you will start to see how these eco-friendly changes can have a big impact on your wallet, your health and the environment. If at any time you have “green” questions, don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 2, 2012 No Comments
ReUse-apalooza is such a big event, it deserved to be the tip for both Day 2 and 3 of Earth Month! Celebrate sustainability at one of the best reuse centers in Cincinnati – Building Value. They are hosting their 2nd Annual ReUse-apalooza this Friday, April 8 from 7pm until 11pm. As their website describes, “This second annual event celebrates Cincinnati, community, camaraderie and environmental consciousness with an evening of eclectic entertainment, music and fun; bringing Building Value’s mission to life.” Live performances will be entertaining the crowd all night including Bollywood Dancers, Drums for Peace and Jake Speed and the Freddies. Bid on reuse creations by local designers, and even participate in “Minute to Win It”. ReUse-apalooza supports Building Value and Easter Seals Work Resource Center. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Visit their website for more details. ReUse-apalooza will take place at Building Value, 4040 Spring Grove Ave, Northside.
Founded in 2004 by the Easter Seals Work Resource Center, Building Value salvages reusable building materials headed for the landfill, and resells them. This process creates jobs, preserves architectural details, provides quality materials and helps reduce the amount of material going into the landfill. Talk about being green! Building Value and the Easter Seals Work Resource Center has contributed greatly to numerous projects at the Cincinnati Zoo. One project includes building recycling bins made out of reused material for cell phone and Zoo map collection. Another project involved deconstructing three vacant homes on the corner of Forest Ave. and Vine St. to create a beautiful green space and welcome into Avondale. Join us and Building Value for this great celebration sustainability!
April 4, 2011 No Comments