Golden Green Living Project

Wildsight Golden believes a key component of environmental stewardship is managing our waste appropriately, especially reducing plastic waste. We have embarked on an ongoing project. As we add components, they will be recorded here.

The first step is a series of newspaper articles bi-weekly. Here they are:

Zero Waste project 1

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Curbside Recycling

I have been working towards a low waste lifestyle for a few years now. It started with some trips to developing countries and concern about the plastic waste that I saw in the oceans. It made me sad and angry and I decided that I had to take some personal action. 

As I move about our community, I hear a lot of concerns regarding waste. A lot of other people want to contribute to a cleaner planet. I thought I would do some research and share what I know.

I want to thank the Golden Star for publishing this information and thank you to the board  of Wildsight Golden for their support in my position as the outreach coordinator.

Now that the introduction is out of the way, the first concern that I have been hearing from people is confusion regarding recycling in Golden. What can go in the curb side bins and what must be taken to the depot?

Keeping in mind that Recycling is deliberately down the list in the order of Reducing waste, it is the easiest way to start. It is also a good way to understand what you are producing for waste. It’s a great way to start setting goals for change.

Within the Town of Golden, we have our blue recycling bins. The first rule of these bins is that they can only take clean waste. This means all items in the bin must be washed. If there are dirty cans or greasy plastic or contaminated cardboard (think pizza boxes),
this can turn an entire load of recycling into garbage. Don’t be that person! 

Click on the above link for the full article

 

Zero Waste 2

Reduce Reuse Recycle – If it doesn’t go in the Blue Bin, where does it go?

There are many other household items that don’t go in your blue bin that can also be recycled. 

Waste containers can be in this way:

curbside recycling
recycling that needs to be dropped at the depot
a small box for batteries 
a small box for printer cartridges
a pail for compost, we will talk about compost in the next article
a bag for the thrift or consignment store
a box for all other items that may be more complicated 
and lastly a garbage can, which can be lined with newspaper and then use paper bags to collect garbage.

Click on the above link for the full article

 

 

Zero Waste project 3

Zero Waste project, Reduce Reuse Recycle – Other Recyclables 

Almost everything you use in your home can be recycled. Some things go in our curbside bins and a lot of other items go into the bins at the Recycling Depot. 

In last week’s article it was outlined  systems to organize waste in the home. It does take a little bit of organization and energy, but it is worth it to  limit waste. Setting goals is important and a good first is to reduce garbage to one little bag per week. Starting with recycling as much as possible and attempting to limit  purchases to things that could be kept out of the landfill is a great first step.

A whole bunch of other waste can be diverted from garbage cans and the landfill. Most household items should not be disposed of in the garbage.

Click on the link above for the full article

Zero Waste project 4

Reduce Reuse Recycle – Reuse lots of stuf

The last few articles have been focused on recycling. Recycling is an easy way to start to feel better about managing waste. There is a specific reason, though, for the order of the three Rs. Reduce and Reuse come first for a reason.

Recycling is great! However, reducing and reusing are the best ways to help the environment and the bit bonus of this “R” s is that they also save you money. This article is going to start with reusing things.

In previous decades, many household managers were very thrifty. People washed out their plastic bags and used them again and again. They also re-used the paper towels  used to wash windows and mirrors to clean up messes later, then when they were too dirty they were thrown away. People did not believe in single use items.

When starting on a quest to reduce waste, start by washing plastic bags, especially ziplock bags. These stand up well to washing. Wash all plastic bags that can be reused and use them again and again. These include bags that used to contain frozen fruit, rolled oats and tortillas in. If the bag has a zipper,  it can be used to store bread or cheese or whatever a bag is needed for.

Clothing and household linens are very reusable.  Clothing that is still in good shape, can be taken to your local consignment store, sold it on social media or taken to your local thrift store. Similar actions can be taken with your linens. They can go to the thrift store or your local animal shelter. If your fabric items are completely worn out, they can be used as rags instead of paper towel. If you really want to get the most out of them, learn how to make rag rugs!  . 

Other items that can be  reused are containers such as yogurt style containers, milk cartons, tins and any plastic containers such as peanut butter jars. These can be used  to store things bought in bulk, or to freeze homemade soups, grated cheese, fruit and vegetables. 

The obvious of these is your yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese types of containers. Almost everyone knows how to use these as replacements for tupperware to store cookies, homemade soups, broths etc. Gable topped cardboard milk, juice or cream containers can also freeze fruit, vegetables and grated cheese.Freeze these items on a cookie sheet and then store them in these containers. To use the product,  just shake out the amount. 

Other plastic jars, such as peanut butter jars can be used the same way. Gifts of berries can be given to or received in peanut butter style plastic jars. In the past it would have been in Ziploc bags.

Please feel free to email Golden@wildsight.ca to give feedback on this article and share your ideas and questions regarding Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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