Last night we sold our old  first chicken coop! It went to a family who were looking to get into chickens and were looking for a small flock coop. It was either sell it or tear it apart and find a use for all those cut up pieces of wood.  This is an  example or recycling.   So often when we talk about recycling folks think about what you can put out in the bins, paper, plastic, glass and metal.  There is much more to recycling that those simple things that our local refuse collector picks up curbside.

Recycling includes finding an new serviceable live for items in your house you no longer use.   You can give serviceable items to your local charity so they can find a new home with someone else.    While you are they buy something that you might need there instead of buying new.   Another way to find a new life for an item is list it on eBay or Craig’s List.  I’ve used both with great success.  The chicken coop found a new home using Craig’s List. 

Another thing you can do is start a compost pile.  It is a way to recycle your yard waste and kitchen waste.   There are many challenges to composting, but once you get the hang of it, it is one of the best things you can do and not too hard.   Your yard and your garden will love you. People think that things will compost in their local landfill, but that isn’t true.  It is a sealed anaerobic pit.  No breakdown of materials going on there.   It is a mummified place for all your cast offs.

The next week when you put things in the garbage can under the sink, take a minute and ask yourself.   “Is there another way to get rid of this? “


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