To Compost Or Not

A circular economy, where we use, reuse, recycle, save money, and save our planet. I haven’t gotten to read the magazine myself, yet, but I hear National Geographic has devoted its latest issue to helping us with that concept. I can’t wait to read it. It seems that almost everyday, I find a way to make my footprint smaller. That makes me feel good.

I was in the grocery store the other day, and saw boxes of individual plastic coffee pods (I’m not going to mention the brand) marked as recyclable. Read closely folks. Those particular k-cups are designed to be opened after you use them, the coffee grounds thrown out, and then the plastic cup washed and put into recycling. That is if your city/town/county has a recycling program.

That slightly deceptive packaging made me shake my head. A company has jumped on the recycling band-wagon, hoping their consumers won’t read closely. No one who likes the convenience of k-cups is going to go to all that bother, they’re simply going to toss them in the trash. There are, however, compostable pods out there, more and more all the time. All you have to do is toss them. They compost in the landfill.

The forecast for the coming weekend looks warm. I plan on doing yard work. There is still so much to clean up and prep. The snow and the raccoons have knocked over several of my drift-wood yard art pieces. I have steps to put in, and several older ones to fix. I’m thinking of installing a compost system of some sort. Putting all these leaves in the trash is ridiculous, and paying for the garbage company’s program for yard waste kind of seems silly too. This way, I will end up with the beneficial material to add to my garden beds, instead of paying to haul it away, and buying and hauling in new soil/compost each year. Sounds good, but it might turn out to be one of those projects with more work than reward. Stay tuned.

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