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I like the option of using common products to test my soil (vinegar and baking soda). I’m familiar with the color difference you can achieve, by using either of these, from works I’ve done dyeing natural fibers in the past. I’ve had a compost bin in my yard for years, though I think we could be more active about working it so that it can produce finished compost more quickly as well as accept more of our waste. It’s amazing how much compost space is needed in a yard to process the leaves, plants and kitchen waste for one home.
I appreciate having the experience of visiting the recycling plant and getting the first-hand point of view of who is processing the materials. I was told on a previous field trip long ago that tying any plastic bag into a knot will help stop them from blowing around, that seems to be a good idea still in order to keep them out of the machinery at the plant. I’ve always thought that the answer to making people recycle would be to make garbage worth money, though I don’t know the answer to fluctuating prices for the separate materials (i.e. aluminum and plastics). This experience will impact what I buy based on its packaging, and help me to determine what items are truly recyclable.
It’s been great to share the class info with my kids, they are genuinely interested in recycling in a variety of ways. We recently had a yard sale together, it gave them the chance to make some money and finding new homes for many reusable items. I’m another recycling/garbage picker upper in my neighborhood It’s a great community service and make a difference about how I feel when I come and go from my home. It would be amazing to know exactly what can and cannot be recycled and how, I’m looking forward to the ongoing education.
My name is Angela Carlson I’m a native of Utah and longtime resident of the 9th & 9th neighborhood. I’m also a Realtor, Board Member of Wasatch Community Gardens and an urban chicken farmer. I’ve been a recycling advocate for over 30 years and am excited to better educate myself and my community regarding recycling. See you you next week fellow adventurers.