Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Why your apple core is too good to waste

Did you know that while Calgarians do a great job recycling, more than half of what ends up in our household garbage is food and yard waste?

What’s the problem if an apple core goes in the landfill?

Sending this material to the landfill isn't the best way to deal with it because things like fruits, vegetables and grass clippings don’t turn into soil, compost or anything useful once it’s buried because there’s no oxygen.  Instead as it breaks down it releases nasty stuff like liquid leachate and greenhouse gases, which contribute to climate change.

Watch a quick video that explains the science of how a landfill works and why turning food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens, parks and farms is a better than burying it in a landfill.

Visit calgary.ca/greencart to learn how Green Cart pilot participants have done a great job keeping food and yard waste out of our landfills and have reduced their garbage by 42 per cent along the way.

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