Composting and Recycling

Global warming has been a critical environmental issue discussed at every key summit by many world leaders in the last decade. We should not forget that waste generated and disposed of by humans also contribute to global warming. In 2002, a survey revealed that the greenhouse gas emissions from waste were highest in North America, second highest in Europe, followed by Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, totalling 350 million tonnes.

We blame Governments for not making the right decisions. As human beings, we have the habit of blaming others, nature, and everything else except ourselves for our failures. Interestingly if we are successful, we take credit and brag about our success.

If each one of us takes care of our household waste, plastic, and other materials, we may eliminate the war on waste to some extent. Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Until recently, our garbage bin was full almost every day, and we had to empty a minimum of six to seven garbage plastic bags a week. My husband gathered information on recycling, composting, and reusing. He visited a few dump yards and recycling sites to get more information on the war on waste.

We now have two large compost bins in the garden and a small container in the kitchen for vegetable peels and other food scraps. Every day the small container is emptied into the compost. By reducing the garbage waste to a minimum, we have reduced the number of weekly kitchen tidy bags (bin bags) from six to one. Our garbage bin is now only 10 percent full for the weekly collection by the Council, whereas it was packed to the rim before. We use the compost manure to fertilise our vegetable patch and flower beds.

Statistics show that food scraps and yard waste together make up more than 30 percent of what we throw away. People should compost them instead, as composting keeps these materials out of landfills.

We collect soft plastic bags -from loaves of bread, frozen food items, etc., wash them, and put them in the bins provided by Woolworth Supermarket. Our understanding is that these soft plastic items are recycled.

Every paper, glass, or plastic item with a “recycling” mark is in the recycling bin.

Global warming is making the planet earth a warmer place, bringing drastic weather changes unbearable to humans, animals, plants, and other species. Reducing the emissions of our greenhouse gases is an effective way to mitigate global warming

I hope more and more people are aware of their responsibility regarding global warming; to reduce plastic, waste, and harmful materials that affect carbon emissions and reduce waste reaching landfills.

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