Recycling And Composting at Home
TotalProtect® Home Warranty reminds you that recycling and composting is a win on all fronts. You save money. You rely on fewer additives and chemicals. And, most importantly, you help preserve more natural resources for future generations to enjoy.
Cut Chemicals and Waste…Compost Instead
Imagine transforming your kitchen scraps and yard rubbish into lush lawns and vibrant gardens! Composting saves time and money bagging and disposing garbage and lawn trimmings. It saves you fertilizer and pesticides, since composting improves growth and soil quality naturally. Plus, it saves us all landfill space: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that 27% of all United States municipal solid waste comes from yard trimmings and food scraps alone!
Your city website can be a great place for composting help: many cities publish good tips. For example, here's advice from the City of Seattle Public Utilities Department:
- Composting From Yard Waste. Use an open bin or pile, plus water when composting leaves, grass clippings, dead plants, stalks, and twigs. According to the City of Seattle composting experts, you will have soil-like compost in roughly six months to one year.
- Composting Food Scraps: You can compost vegetable scraps, soiled paper and spoiled food. You cannot compost dairy, meat, or other animal products. Make sure you use a sealed, rodent-proof bin. You can also bury food waste under your soil.
- Using Compost. Spread compost beneath shrubs, on your lawn or in your garden beds.
Recycling: Greener for the Environment…and Your Wallet!
It takes so little effort to recycle: just an understanding of what items qualify and a second container conveniently located next to your regular garbage pail to toss recyclable discards into.
What Can Be Recycled?
Visit your city website for a specific list, as recycling services are often managed by the same department that handles garbage pickup and water services. As an example, the City of Denver website lists these categories on their website: Cartons (milk, juice, ice cream and other liquid cartons); Plastics (detergent bottles, yogurt, creamer and cottage cheese containers); Aluminum (foil wrap, beverage cans); Cardboard; Glass and Paper (gift wrap, newspaper, magazines, mail).
- Be Aware of Specialized Disposal Needs. The EPA defines these as household hazardous waste (HHW) items: "leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients." Examples include some paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides. Never pour these down the drain, into the ground or dispose in regular trash. As the EPA explains, improper disposal can pollute the environment and threaten human health. Most cities offer hazardous waste recycling. When disposing of computers, televisions and other electronics, check to see whether national retailers in your area offer recycling programs.
- Recycling Old Appliances Often Lowers Utility Bills. TotalProtect Home Warranty experts frequently surprise and delight customers with the major savings new ENERGY STAR® rated appliances can deliver, compared to less efficient appliances that are nearing the end of their usable life. Homeowners with TotalProtect Home Warranty protection who recycle their end-of-life appliances also enjoy major discounts on these newer, energy-saving models, as part of their coverage benefits.
The information in this article is intended for the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are intended to indicate coverage by our home warranty or service plans. Please review your contract carefully to understand what your product coverage entails.
The recycling and composting tips shared here are published by the Environmental Protection Agency (epa.gov), the official website of the City of Denver and the official website of the City of Seattle Public Utilities.