Go green this spring!

The third edition of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District’s Composting Guide will be available at the Bay Village Green Team’s Composting Seminar on April 13. An electronic copy may be requested by emailing Lori Sprosty at bayvillagegreenteam@gmail.com.

Learn how to compost at a free seminar to be held April 13 at Bay Community House

Spring is a great time to start a compost pile. All you need is a sunny spot in the backyard and you’ll be able to create a compost pile using a mix of “brown” and “green” materials.

Backyard composting is a key to reducing the waste that goes to the landfill. When the organic matter such as kitchen and yard waste go to the landfill, the nutrients are not returned to the soil.

Through composting, you reuse valuable materials by returning the nutrients from the food you eat and the plant material in your yard back to the soil. According to the EPA, nearly 25% of all waste that goes to landfills is compostable.

What can be composted? The compost process adds 1-2 parts GREEN materials with 2-3 parts BROWN materials.

  • Green (organic) materials include: Plant clippings, vegetable scraps, fruit scraps, flowers, grass clippings, coffee grounds, tea bags
  • Brown (organic) materials include: Dead leaves, straw, sawdust, wood chips, shredded newspaper, dryer/vacuum lint, nut shells

A properly maintained compost pile will have an “earthy” smell and will provide you with a free source of valuable organic soil amendments to use in place of fertilizers.

Compost Seminar:

Come and join Kathy Rocco of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District on Wednesday, April 13, 7-8:30 p.m., to learn all about backyard composting. The seminar will be held at the Bay Community House, 303 Cahoon Rd., and is open to the public.

The seminar is free, but there will be two styles of outdoor compost bins available for purchase at a discounted price of $50 each. There is also a compost scrap pail for $5. (Cash or check only).

To register, contact Warren Remein at wlremein@yahoo.com or 440-724-1578.

Brenda OReilly

Brenda O'Reilly is Co-Chair of the Bay Village Green Team.

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