Recycling Yard Waste
Every week, I see my neighbors throwing away their yard waste (such as leaves, uprooted weeds, twigs, grass clippings, and small branches) in plastic trash bags, where their yard waste will most likely end up in a landfill and never degrade completely or be recycled. My solution is to recycle yard waste by what I call simple yard composting. This is done by designating a small area of yard (typically the back yard or side of the house, so that few people notice it) as a yard waste recycling area. You can use a vegetable garden area like I do, or even under some bushes to reduce visibility. Next, just place your yard waste in this location but not more than three inches tall to allow air and moisture to decomposing the yard waste faster. This also helps deter animals such as snakes, bugs, and rats. As a result, I get free mulch and fertilizer for my vegetable garden, and it keeps out most of the weeds during the non-gardening season.
Just remember to only use gardening waste to do this. This is not appropriate to recycle manure, pet droppings, meat scraps, bones, or any diary products; since these wastes will be very odorous and attract insects and scavengers. Alternately, if you even want to recycle these types of wastes such as your kitchen waste, you can use a composting container (typically a wooden box) that increases the temperature of wastes to speed up decomposition, to better kill pathogens, to keep animals out, and the smell in.
Therefore even simple recycling of yard waste helps save money, helps promote a healthier and more manageable yard, and is good for the environment.
by Phil B.