Posted by: adventuressetravels | January 20, 2012

One Man’s Trash

The Emerald City, is green in more ways than one.

Reuse, reduce, recycle… we’ve been hearing it for years.  Growing up my parents recycled from the start.  As a child I remember being grossed out by the compost pile in our back yard.  I wondered why on earth my mother saved egg shells, broccoli stems and other food scraps.  No matter how good the garden mulch was, having a big pile of rotting food in the corner of your yard was just gross.

It’s still gross; there’s nothing clean or tidy about composting.  They do have composting machines now that contain the mess and speed up the process, but for most people it’s still a hassle.   But icky and gross as it may be, yard waste and food scraps are a huge untapped resource.  Untapped by most, that is.

Seattle, the Emerald City, is green in more ways than one.  Not only is it verdant with parks, lush trees, and surrounded by mountains, lakes, and vegetation, but it also one of the most eco-friendly cities I have had the pleasure of visiting.   In this forward-thinking city there is actually a composting and yard waste pick-up right alongside the recycling program. The city in fact collects yard waste, composts it, and then sells it back to citizens to fertilize their yards.  One man’s trash is making another man’s treasure.  It’s all in the packaging.

Kudos to Seattle for taking the initiative.  I just hope that more cities follow suit.





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