Collecting and removing the grass clippings when mowing is not only unnecessary, it may in fact be counterproductive to growing a healthy lawn. The clippings, when left in place after cutting the grass, will provide a ready source of fertilizer while helping the soil retain water which promotes root growth and a healthy lawn.
Besides the obvious benefits for your lawn, grass recycling also benefits the environment by recycling the grass clippings and eliminating the need to deliver lawn waste to local landfills. Although many waste collection centers reuse lawn and garden waste for compost making, it is more efficient when the clippings are simply recycled in place.
The simple practice of leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing is essentially grass recycling.
One of the “great waves” in municipal and home recycling is the concentration on what to do with the enormous amount of food waste generated in and out of the home, by businesses, or as a result of surplus farming. On the grand scale, it is estimated that about one-half of all food that is produced or consumed in the U.S. is discarded. The main culprits are spoilage and overproduction/surplus.
Up to 70% of all U.S. households still have inefficient light bulbs. The benefits of switching to energy-efficient LED bulbs are not just environmental. They also save you money over their useful life. If every home in the U.S. switched just one inefficient light for an Energy Star one, it would be equivalent to taking 800,000 vehicles off the road.
Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the United States. Other types of aluminum – including siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames and lawn furniture – can also be recycled.
Worldwide, 1.6 billion cell phones were sold last year. Numerous charities accept used cell phones for reusing or recycling. Recellular, the largest cell phone recycler in the world, recycles over 10,000 used phones every day.
It takes glass nearly a million years to decompose in a landfill. If you’re looking for a more creative option than reusing or recycling, re-purpose your glass containers into soap dispensers, candleholders or wind chimes.
More than 50 million newspapers are printed daily in our country alone. More than half of these daily papers are thrown away. If everyone would recycle just the Sunday paper, half a million trees would be saved each week.
More than 500 billion plastic bags are used annually around the world. Use reusable cotton and fabric bags instead, since plastic bags never biodegrade.