Green Turkey Day

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.

Would love to see….Part 1

Sorry to be missing the last week or so, kids and raking leaves have been keeping me busy.  I have been thinking about writing a blog on what keeps me involved in green living and changes I would love to see made.  So here is my list of what makes me grumpy, makes me smile and in my ideal world the way things would work.

I’m 41 years old so I figure I have a few years left to get some of this stuff done.  The first thing I want to see is recycling bins next to every trash can in America.  There is no reason for plastic drink bottles and soda cans to ever end up in the trash.  I think if someone throws a cigarette butt out the car window or on the ground walking down the street they should be forced to spend the next ten days eating them for breakfast.  I bet that would cut back on the amount of clowns throwing trash out the window.  Next, if you drive a car that gets less then 10 miles to the gallon or 10 gallons to the mile you would pay a extra “gasoline” tax.  Gas stations would all be required to install fast charging stations for the millions upon millions of electric cars that get 200 miles on a 30 minute charge.  Just think how nice the air around would be to breathe if we all drove electric cars, rode bikes or walked to and from school, work, banks, grocery stores, libraries and parks. Buses, trolleys and trains would move people from town to town and gas powered cars would be as rare as free beer at the corner pub.  Houses with clear southern views would have solar panels for electricity, wind turbines would be small but generate lots of power and coal power plants would only be read about  in text books. All food scrapes would be composted at home and in restaurants, chickens would be more popular pets then dogs and cats and front yards would be all fresh food gardens. Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington come to mind as places that this will happen first and in some cases is all ready starting.

This is just a start and I know many of these things may never happen in my lifetime.  I imagine a world that everyone takes the time to protect the earth and takes the extra time to do what they can to help.  We need to change and we need to do it yesterday.  To be continued…..

 

Portland, Oregon Starts Curbside Food Composting

What a month October was for the City of Portland, Oregon. On October 15th the city banned the plastic grocery bag which was 3 years in the making.  Then on Halloween after a successful test run Portland begins picking up food waste once a week and pushing back household trash pickup to every other week.  It is estimated that food waste accounts for over 30,000 tons of garbage in Portland every year. Taking food waste out of the landfill and making it into fresh organic material for gardens and landscaping is great for the environment and reduces carbon dioxide emissions from landfills.  We have had a backyard composting bin for over 5 years but now with the curbside pickup we will be able to compost meat bones, food scraps and even pizza boxes.  So to all my friends in Portland, please start scarping that leftover food into your green compost bins.  Every little bit helps and if your not in Portland please start your own compost bin.  Encouraging your local city and state representatives to start curbside composting in your hometown is the next great thing and yes it creates jobs.  Do you compost food scraps?

Portland, Oregon composts