If you want to reduce the amount of trash that goes into your garbage bag, try COMPOSTING!
What is composting and why should I do it?
Composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for adding to houseplants or enriching garden soil. It is the way to recycle your yard and kitchen wastes, which can help reduce the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal.
Most reasons for composting fall into two categories. The first reason is the reduction of waste. The more we compost organic materials rather than throwing them away, the more landfill space is saved. This means we have less trash, fewer landfills, and save costs (i.e., taxpayer money) on trash collection because there is less to collect, transport, and dispose. The second reason is to improve the environment by improving the soil. When finished compost is added to the soil, it affects everything in the environment from water cleanliness to plant vitality.
It's easy to learn how to compost. There are a tremendous number of options for containing your compost. Some people choose to go bin-less, simply building a compost pile in a convenient spot on the ground. Others build bins from materials such as recycled pallets, or two-by-fours and plywood. There are also many commercial bins on the market.
You can also find information about composting on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) website.
Garbage to Garden is offering subscriber-based curbside composting in Bath. There are also self-service kiosks at Bath Public Works (450 Oak Grove Avenue) and at the community garden on the corner of Lemont and High Streets where residents can drop off compostable materials for collection. For more information, visit, https://garbagetogarden.org/.