We are now in the home stretch of Waste Management’s “Think Green Reuse and Recycling Challenge” which has viciously pitted neighborhood against neighborhood in an attempt to get us all to reduce our “waste” lines. As of late January, Wallingford, as part of the “Friday North” group along with part of Greenlake, was ranked 8th out of 10 in the city in terms of outright waste reduction. Yikes! We are not doing so well at reducing our waste in this part of the hood.
However, thanks to the hard work of recycling champion and Wallywriter Barb Burrill, Wallingford is tied for first in the outreach category. To engage our neighborhood in increased recycling awareness, Barb has taken groups of John Stanford International School students door-to-door, crafted holiday decorations for the trees on 45th from recycled materials, and inspired blog readers to complete the sentence “I love recycling because…” Right now we’re in a 3-way tie, so if Barb leads us to victory, we will receive a third of the $10,000 outreach prize for the Wallingford Community Council.
Want to help Wallingford reduce its waste line? One easy way to divert waste from the landfill is by composting (aka nutrient recycling) – either in your yard waste bin or in a backyard bin.
I volunteer at my son’s school, [email protected], facilitating the lunchroom composting and recycling. Trust me, I see A LOT of food waste! The students on our Green Team are really sensitive to this food waste. They can’t understand why perfectly good food gets put into the compost, which in their minds should be reserved for apple cores, orange peels, and sloppy joe days.
At our science fair last week, these students decided to use their project about the science of compost to educate families about reducing food waste. They put together this lovely flier. If you take it to heart, perhaps we can win that Waste Management challenge after all. Come on Friday North!