Monday, March 31, 2008

Compost - It is Berry Easy....

Especially if you live in San Francisco. I recently spent a week Northern California visiting friends, exploring the the possibility of a relocation to the west coast, and enjoying all that a city with a major commitment to the environment has to offer. San Francisco, the first city to ban plastic bags, is also leading the way in recycling organic materials.


Now back to that rotten pun. It is one of the many ads I saw on buses and signs throughout the city promoting SF's compost pick-up program. Along with recycling and trash, residents also leave out their organic waste (food scraps, food soiled paper, and plants) for the city to collect and compost back into nutrient-rich soil, which comes full circle, as it is used to grow organic food and wine.
Soon to be your next glass of Cab

You may remember the blog I wrote a few weeks ago about an innovative indoor composter and the harmful methane emissions produced when organic materials fester in landfills, so you can imagine how excited I was to learn about San Francisco's compost program. You can read more about their composting and environmental programs at the city's environmental website, and you can read about how the the recycling and composting works here. See an example of their many informative videos below.

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Some people explain why your rotten stuff is good food for the soil.

If you don't live in a city that offers extensive recycling and composting options, get in touch with your local elected officials and encourage them to take action. Use San Francisco's example to encourage them to enact similar policies. Lastly, don't forget to spread the message by impressing your friends with your new and catchy composting puns. It's easier than you stink.

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