We are big nature lovers here at home. We’ve banned the use of plastic bags while grocery shopping since 2001, we avoid wasting energy and water, and Inès often participates in community work by picking up trash on San Francisco beaches. We’re also big on composting and recycling, but when SF environment asked me to spread the word about what goes in the green bin and what doesn’t, I realized I didn’t know everything I needed to know about composting: oily pizza boxes, used popsicles’ wooden sticks, or used paper napkins and paper towels, for example, all go in the green bin for composting. Did you know that?
The city of San Francisco has a goal of zero waste by 2020. This is music to my ears because, as a mother, I feel very connected with the environmental issues, what we’re doing to the planet and we pass along to the next generations. Reducing our eco-footprint as a family is really important to us and we want our girls to respect nature and do their part as well. Our philosophy is rather simple : we care about what we eat, try to go organic as much as possible, and when you look at the issue as a big picture, it’s pretty simple: if you want to eat good food, then composting and recycling is an essential element of the equation – less waste and landfills, more recycling and more composting matters… which are later used to enrich the soils that grow the very same food we’re putting in our plates.
Nature does such an amazing job creating varieties of vegetables and fruits for us to eat, let’s give her some help by composting, shall we?
So, this is what I learned while partnering with SF environment. Here is what goes in the green bin and what doesn’t :
What goes in the green bin for composting:
- All food scraps and spoiled leftovers
- Meat bones and seafood shells
- Oily pizza boxes and paper takeout containers
- Small parts of plants
- Waxy paper
- Coffee grounds and paper filter
- Cotton balls/cotton swabs with paper stems
- Small pieces of wood including chopsticks, coffee stirrers, toothpicks, clean (untreated) wood
- Check plastic containers and plastic bags to see if they are labeled compostable (it matters)
- Paper napkins and paper towels.
What does NOT go in the green bin:
- Aluminum foil or trays (foil goes into recycling even if dirty)
- Liquid dairy products (down the drain)
- Clean cardboard or paper (recycle)
- Cooking oil (must be taken to a grocery store or other take back location)
- Glass (recycle)
- Plastic bags (not labeled compostable)
- Plastic labeled “biodegradable” (can not be composted)
- Juice or soy milk type boxes with foil liner (usually square; they go in the landfill bin)
- Metal cans and lids (recycle)
- Diapers and feminine products (landfill)
- Kitty litter and animal waste (bagged go into landfill bin)
- Small construction debris (must be properly disposed of by a contractor).
If you are, like us at home, a nature lover and a real foodie, then you should compost. It’s good for nature, it’s good for you and the food you put on your table, and it’s the #SFThingToDo!
Do you compost at home? Do you have any tips on easy composting you’d like to share?
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