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How to Properly Compost and Recycle

how to properly compost and recycle

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  • The majority of Americans (72 percent) do not compost their food waste, but 62 percent said they’d be willing to if it were more convenient
  • To start composting all you need is a tumbling composter bin and a mix of organic materials like yard trimmings, coffee grinds and vegetable peels; adding worms can expedite the process
  • Compost improves water retention, reduces chemical needs and improves soil quality and structure
  • While many people are recycling glass, cans, paper products and cardboard, not everything in these categories is recyclable, and it’s possible to taint an entire load if you throw in something that’s not
  • Recycling requirements vary by municipality; to verify the recycling guidelines in your area, contact your local facility

By Dr. Mercola

Composting your food and yard waste, and recycling your recyclable "stuff," are among the simplest yet most powerful ways to reduce your environmental footprint and help the Earth. As a bonus, the compost you can easily create from kitchen scraps like coffee grinds and vegetable peels is phenomenal to add to your flowerbeds and vegetable garden. As it stands, the majority of Americans (72 percent) do not compost their food waste, but 62 percent said they'd be willing to if it were more convenient.


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