Reducing waste by finding another use for the item or material you have is even better than recycling! Here are some suggestions on how you can reduce the amount of waste that is produced.
The valuable mulch produced by composting can be used to help control erosion, stimulate healthy root development, increase water retention in sandy soils, reduce soil diseases and much more.
Leaving grass clippings on your lawn returns much-needed moisture and nutrients to the soil. Cut properly, clippings are virtually unnoticeable and do not create thatch.
Studies show that grass recycling can reduce fertilizer requirements by as much as 30%. It helps the soil retain valuable moisture, and helps to choke out weeds by denying light and air to them and improving your lawn’s weed resistance.
Tips for successful grass recycling:
- Set your mower height to 2.5"
- Keep your mower blade(s) sharp
- Take care to cut no more than one-third of the grass blade height at a time
- Mow frequently to produce small clippings which will decompose faster
- Mow when the lawn is dry to prevent clumping
Garage Sale Tips
- Avoid holiday weekends
- Include others - a "street sale” attracts more people and reduces everyone’s cost of advertising
- Advertise your event online and in local papers
- Post easy-to-read signs around your neighbourhood (be sure to collect them promptly when your event is over!)
- Be ready by 7 a.m. on the day of the sale - there will be early birds!
- Put a price label on everything
- Have plenty of change on hand
- Offer unsold items for free at the end of your sale, and take any remaining items straight to your local charity
Here is a popular website that encourage users to buy, sell or swap reusable goods: