Where is “away”….. the story of garbage in Westchester Ct.

Here is a wonderful 4 min video clip, shot right here in Westchester Ct.  It shows what happens to the things we just throw “away”.

And here is an interesting read about the problems of Waste to Energy Facilities like we have in Westchester Ct.

http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/negative-impacts-waste-to-energy/

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Why food composting can save Westchester’s taxpayer money, big time!

Food waste is around 40% of all waste from households, it is made up of mainly water, thus it is heavy. Garbage cost is calculated by weight. So all this water is costing the tax payer dearly.

Westchester’s garbage is being collected by the municipalities, brought to one of the several transfer stations within the county and from there it is transported in big trucks to the incinerator in Peekskill.

So basically, we are using fossil fuels  (garbage trucks get about 2.6 miles per gallon of diesel fuel) to truck water 50 miles north?

The far better solution would be to sort out all that water laden food waste and actually compost it.  Combine food waste with yard waste and  nature will give us black gold, aka compost.

The absolute best way is to do it right at home. Solon-Compost-Bin-4Have a little bin next to your sink and sort out all your food waste (no bones or meats though, home composters can’t handle that, commercial ones can)

And place that food waste in a ratio of 1 food waste to 3 leaves or woodchips into a composter. It can be a home made one, compost-4-940x626

or a commercially available one like these. And the rest is done by mother nature. Turning the mixture once in a while will introduce oxygen and thus help the bacteria to do a more efficient job. Earth_Machine_close

A few weeks later you will have lovely compost that can be used in your garden.

Most people are afraid that composting will be smelly or attract rodents. With all in life, if it is done right, there is none of that.

Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker Introduces Limited-Use Plastic Bag Legislation

We Future Cycle is proud to support Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker in her announcement to introduce a bill to limit the use of plastic bags and styrofoam containers by retail businesses in the county.  She was joined by Legislators Catherine Borgia, Maryjane Shimsky, and Pete Harckham, who are co-sponsoring the bill, as well as Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson and Girl Scout Cadette Katie Yacoub, who is doing a plastic bag project in Eastchester.   Read the full article on the New Rochelle Patch

Photos courtesy of John Filiberti.

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