This is the first Thanksgiving in which my hometown of Portland, Oregon will be composting all food scraps. Think about how many turkey carcasses are thrown in the trash Thursday evening ending up in landfills. Well not anymore, just throw it along with any other left over foods, fruits and vegetable peels into your Green Compost roll cart and let the natural break down begin. With our trash now being picked up every other week and our yard debris/compost picked up weekly there is no reason to help decrease landfill waste. For those of you not living in the sunny Pacific Northwest you can still compost in your yard with some great bins that even have lids. Reducing your footprint this Thanksgiving can also include buying foods and gifts with less plastic packaging, recycling everything possible and riding your bike to grandma’s house.
After Turkey Day help local businesses by shopping in your community. Spending money at local stores might cost a bit more but that money almost always goes back into pockets of other businesses in the same community. Oh and please bring your own reusable bags, I have bags full of them if you need some. Happy “Green” Thanksgiving.