Waste was the topic of this weeks Green Living Course (previous course Energy)
Here are some scary factiods:
- Despite recycling, the average person worldwide generates twice as much trash today as in 1960.
- There is 6 times more plastic floating in the ocean than plankton.
- 16,000 plastic bags are used per second worldwide
- The US has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 30% of the world’s resources and creates 30% of the world’s waste.
- Californian’s throw away more than 5 million tons of food scraps each year.
- If everyone on Earth consumed like the average American it would require 3 to 5 planets.
Here are some common sense solutions:
- Reduce how much you consume and re-use items whenever possible. My favorite tip is to bring your own containers when you dine out. If you have leftovers, wallah, you have something to put that in. Don’t be embarrassed, others will see and catch on. People used to think I was weird for bringing my Trader Joe’s bags to Banana Republic, my previous source for clothes.
- Recycle everything you can or collect a Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) container. This container should be a collection of anything that you do not want to contaminate the ground water, like batteries, toner cartridges, automotive related liquids, etc. For Angelinos you can find the closest drop off location at 888-CleanLA. Also, Verizon Stores collect electronic waste including batteries and cell phones of course.
- Here is how to get rid of stuff you just don’t want.
- Help eliminate junk mail, not much to say here:
- Composting. As a first time vermicomposter, aka worm composting, I have been using the Worm Factory 360. I highly recommend it, especially if you have limited outdoor space. Even better, we can share tips and how-tos so I can make sure that I am doing this right, after all, I think of these worms as part of my family. If you are interested in getting started in composting check out Smartgardening.com to find free classes and low cost composting systems in the Los Angeles area. If you go the worm route, these worms have been recommended. Here is a recent prep of a meal for my worms, all leftovers.
Happy Composting – GreenUp! Guy