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Trash Talking: Put Me in Place

Time and again, we’ve been hearing campaigns about trash management, recycling, protecting the environment and living greener.  Well, guess what?  There is no such thing as ‘too much’ when it comes to raising awareness about protecting our planet.  We do so for our children, for the next generation and the generation after their generation…

We oftentimes take in stride the effects of our actions to the environment after all we are but a tiny spec in this world, right?  So throwing a tiny piece of candy wrapper for instance right on the street couldn’t possibly hurt the environment, right? Well, you’re dead wrong.  Because this is the exact same thing that millions or even billions of people all over the world are thinking.   ‘Just a tiny piece’ could easily turn into a million or billion tiny pieces, which is a far cry for being ‘tiny.’


Can You Hear the Trash Talking?

Of course trash couldn’t possibly talk, but if they can they would have want to be put in the right place, right?

You can imagine compostable items feeling delighted to finally found itself back into earth and complete its ‘circle of life’ or bottles and jars finding new ‘purpose’ in their humble existence and gets a second chance to be of service again or perhaps old cabinets and chairs metamorphosing into something creative and new.

If trash could talk, they too, would like to be put in the right place.

So, where do I put you?

Table scraps – which I won’t be surprised if you have quite a lot, could easily be part of your compostable items.  Compost or composting is basically the aerobic decomposition of organic matter which could easily takes place in a matter of months.  This compost has valuable organic matter that when added to the soil will act as natural fertilizer that will condition it and improve its structure as well.

Glass bottles or jars – you can easily reuse these items or set aside for curbside collection or bottle banks.  Remember that you don’t need to peel the labels.

The jars you can reuse for storage or containers, for instance, sugar, flour, spices or homemade jams. You can also use your creativity to think of other purposes for these bottles and jars.

Plastic bottles and other plastics materials – plastics, sadly are forever, even if they break into tiny pieces after hundreds of years, it still remain plastic.  That’s why we need to recycle, reuse and repurpose as much of these items as possible.  Take note of the ‘process number’ located at the bottom within a triangle.  Ask your local Council if they have facilities in place to recycle plastic of that particular number.

The internet is flooding with creative recycling DIY projects that can give you an idea on what to do with your plastic trash aside from sending it out to landfills.

Papers, cartons, cardboards – newspapers as well as corrugated cardboard, tissue boxes and billing envelopes are recyclable.  You can also look for communities or organizations accepting old magazines for their arts and crafts projects.

A greener earth

Don’t we all want a greener earth?  This coming earth day, time and again campaigns about earth conservation and preservation will be heard.  Time and again, let’s give change a chance.

May be the message was not that strong last year, or may be the drive or passion wasn’t enough to trigger an action before.  This year, we implore you to give it another try and hear us out; let’s make this a greener earth.

Simple things like knowing your trash and where to put them can be your first steps toward a greener lifestyle.  Educating your kids about trash management can ensure a better and greener world not just for them but for future generations as well.

It can all start right at your home.

And you can start today.


Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer!  She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too!  This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green!  She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean.  And she has a pitbull named Irie.

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