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Composting

We are continuing our ongoing battle to help the environment through our constant need to be an ecological, supportable, and environmentally-friendly company. But we can’t do it alone! This is why Penn Waste needs our customers’ help; so we can achieve our goal of Creating a Green Community Together! ¬Æ

Composting is one way to efficiently cut down the waste that you and your family accumulate every day! Composting is the method of mixing organic waste with natural materials to create a substance that can be used as soil. It is a perfect way to recycle waste products that would have otherwise been sent to a land fill. If used correctly composts help reduce the need for certain chemical fertilizers that harm the environment, help to remove damaging elements caused from storm-water runoff, and assist in destroying over 99% of harmful chemicals found in contaminated air.

One of the great things about composts is they can be made at home. A compost only consists of three basic ingredients; browns (including dead leaves, twigs, or small branches), greens (grass and vegetable or fruit particles), and water. The correct proportions of these materials are necessary for the proper development of your compost. To make your own compost, follow these basic steps and soon you will be using organic soil that you helped to create.

1. Find a dry, shady place for your compost pile, or bin. Start by adding the brown pieces. Small pieces work best, so

make sure bigger pieces are chopped up first.

2. Add water repeatedly to the pile to moisten the ingredients.

3. Next, mix in your green materials, while continuing to add water as needed.

4. Cover your compost pile to help hold in the moisture, but make sure the pile is always properly watered.

It is a good idea to have a minimum of 10 inches of material to begin your compost. Don’t forget to be regularly adding greens and wastes to your pile so that it can be a constant resource for your home garden and a place to recycle your waste. In as little as two months, your compost will be ready to be used as home grown soil!

For more information on home grown composts, additional composting ideas (such as an indoor compost bin!), and lists of acceptable and non- acceptable waste materials, please visit, http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/composting/index.htm.

Thank you for aiding Penn Waste in our fight to help the environment! We need your support in our mission of Creating a Green Community Together! ®


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