Feel the earth under your feet. The life producing quality of the soil. Rich in nutrients for our harvest, the soil is key to our survival. Healthy soil, healthy food. No pollution or contaminants for the earth
Our land fills are overflowing with recyclable debris. Recycling reduces waste and increases our productivity. It increases our ability to make use of used products and to turn discards into useful products. It helps us to use our imaginations in discovering a purpose for items that would otherwise have been discarded to the landfill.
The landfill is a nasty brew of toxins. Although it may be possible to the cover mess with soil, burying toxins contaminates the soil and makes it dangerous for plantings.
Some of your recyclables are very good for the soil. A composting bin where you can recycle vegetable food scraps, leaves, lawn cuttings and egg shells reduces itself to a highly nutricious black soil. This soil is very beneficial to your garden and to the earth. Even a small composter will help to reduce the amount of food waste that is dumped unnecessarily into our landfills. Black earth is an expensive product to purchase. That nutricious soil comes to you via your own discarded vegetable waste.
Since it is environment week, please consider the beneficial effects of recycling for yourselves and for the earth. There are many products that can be recycled and reused. A healthy, productive garden is only one of the many benefits of recycled materials.
Written by Dr. Louise Hayes
June 7, 2013