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Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

Waste management: compost and recycling

...garbage. We realize that all this takes time – so do what you can in the time that you have. Pizza boxes do belong here, but the food waste must be scraped off. Backyard Composting: Composting is relatively simple and requires little investment. Making this minor lifestyle adjustment can reduce your curbside garbag...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

Garbage is a major contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions heating up the atmosphere and causing climate chaos. People generate over 3.5 million tons of solid waste every day worldwide, and the United States tops the list of trash-producing countries. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. citizens...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...garbage trucks have different protocols. A garbage truck can condense its load as much as possible, while a recycling truck generally will not. When recycling truck operators start hearing popping sounds of glass breaking then it is time to empty the truck since their cargo will often be handled by people rather than d...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...Garbage Island’, where converging ocean currents have brought together a floating debris pile (mostly plastic) the size of Texas. Having no commercial value and no one to take ownership of it, it simply continues to grow. We are leaving countless ecological disasters for the next generation, and frivolously using the...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...garbage trucks. Installing 100,239 sq metres of green roofs, or an area the size of 66 NHL hockey rinks. Green roofs reduce the urban heat island effect, reduce building energy demands, provide urban green space and mitigate storm water flows in urban areas. See our DIY Green roof installation video here. In a st...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...garbage: If you have meat discards, keep them in the freezer if you have room until garbage day. Locking down a garbage bin one way or another obviously tops the list, but of course you need to be diligent, and if you forget at some point, you may have a mess on your hands. Laying down Cayenne pepper will sometimes d...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...garbage bin, but with this system there is no “first flush diverter” to remove impurities from the first quantity of rainwater from the roof. Water can be distributed from the bin/tank using gravity or a small pump. Types of rainwater collection tanks Cylindrical tanks – either plastic or galvanized iron are ofte...

What to do with old coffee grounds
Lifestyle and environment

Here is what old coffee grounds are good for - including skin care !

...garbage or the fridge/freezer. We suggest the following: - place a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to neutralize odors from spoiled or fragrant foods; - freeze the grounds into cubes and drop one into your running garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh. Use old coffee grounds to eliminate f...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...Garbage Warrior doesn't get hate mail that belongs to me. Where did the Earthship come from? It first showed up in New Mexico back in the early 70s as the brainchild of Architect Michael Reynolds. They called him the Garbage Warrior, and he was a pioneer of low-impact living in a time when few such visionaries exis...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...garbage can with all kinds of holes drilled in the bottom. Throw down a few inches of soil and compost, add your cut and cured pieces of seed potatoes and cover them with 6 more inches of dirt. Water. When the aerial parts of the plant have reached about 6 - 8 inches, add more soil leaving only a few inches of green ex...