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June 2012 

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WASTE RECYCLING TITLES IN THIS MONTHS COLLECTION

Use Proper Waste Disposal for Highway Construction Projects
Prevent Marine Debris
Waste Reduction at the Office
Airports and Waste Recycling
Waste Recycling at Shopping Centers
Recycling of Old Business Computers
Stay Ozone Safe in Hot Weather
Pesticides: Safe Disposal Practices
Pesticides: Safe Storage Techniques
Take Care With Ozone-depleting Refrigerants
Stay Cool at Work and Home
Zero-Energy Building
Build Green and Reduce Waste
What is Green Building?
Reduce Your Waste And Save
U.S.- Mexico Border Waste Initiatives
Air Duct Maintenance and Cleaning
Recycling Industrial Hazardous Waste
Before You Start Construction or Remodeling
Greenscape Instead of Landscape

 

Use Proper Waste Disposal for Highway Construction Projects

Failure to comply with proper waste disposal practices when engaged in highway construction projects can land your company in hot water with the EPA. Earlier this month, the EPA came to an agreement with the Department of Transportation of North Dakota and Gowan Construction regarding violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a highway construction project near the Sheyenne River.

The agreement states that Gowan will pay $40,000 in fines and the North Dakota DOT will enhance its oversight to ensure Clean Water Act compliance and training for all contractors assigned to state projects.

While individual states can maintain regulations that go beyond the limits of the United State Environmental Protection Agency, they must meet the minimum federal standards at all times. This is why it is essential for all contractors and construction firms to be aware of both federal and state waste regulations while engage in both provate and public building projects.

The violations impacted approximately 220 acres along the Sheyenne River due to improper stormwater population plans and control mechanisms. It was estimated that over 1000 tons of sediment and debris from the construction site was improperly discharged into the river resulting in pollution and decreasing drinking water storage levels. .

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Failure to comply with proper waste disposal regulations will not only negatively impact the environment but can also land you in legal trouble. It’s always your responsibility to follow the law!

Prevent Marine Debris

Posted on June 28, 2012

Shorelines and coastal waters are witnessing a growing problem of marine debris. Marine debris is any man-made item that enters the ocean or coastline from the land or water. The coastlines are popular places to live, work, vacation, and engage in recreational activities and as a result the level of debris is increasing resulting in a contamination of the environment.

Marine debris is typically the result of poor waste management from human activities – both municipal and industrial. The debris very often includes a high percentage of recyclable items such as plastic bottles, plastic bags, and aluminum cans. By making waste collection and recycling more convenient along coastal areas, the likelihood of these items ending up in the water is greatly reduced.

Mismanagement of waste and recycling collection will also contribute to marine debris as overflowing containers scatter their belongings along the ground. Municipalities play an important role by ensuring that trash and recycling receptacles are covered, secured, and frequently emptied.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Whether your working or vacationing along the coastline, take a moment and make sure you’re properly disposing of your waste and recyclables. Keeping the marine environment clean makes it enjoyable and profitable for all!

Waste Reduction at the Office

Posted on June 27, 2012

Regardless of your business sector, every business’ goal is to make money and turn a profit. Careful consideration is to paid to salaries, benefits, and the price of good and services so any degree of “waste” negatively impacts the bottom line. Eliminating or reducing waste makes your business run more effectively and results in savings. When the business office environment wants to reduce waste, the first thing that comes to mind is to recycle. While recycling is certainly a great idea, and helps to divert materials from the landfill, waste reduction needs to take place first. By reducing the amount of waste generated you’ll immediately see cost savings in terms of fewer materials that need to be purchased.

Paper and toner cartridges are two of the most frequently used items in any office environment. Both are relatively easy to recycle and with a few changes in office policy, can also be easy to reduce reliance on. Here are a few suggestions for where to start:

1. All printers and photocopies should print duplex )both sides) by default. This immediately reduces your paper usage by half.

2. When possible, create computer files instead of paper files. Establish computer based calendar and messaging systems to reduce the need for notepads and sticky-notes.

3. Electronic signatures are legally binding and used regularly. Instead of printing, signing, and mailing or faxing documents, use an electronic signature and email.

4. Look for time and resource saving tips. Computer magazines offer reviews of new and established software, so of which may be free, to help reduce your reliance on paper and plastic while maintaining your effectiveness at work.

5. Stop junk mail that arrives at your office or home by asking the company to remove your address and delisting your business address from the Dun & Bradstreet and InfoUSA databases.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Every office will generate some waste that needs to be recycled or disposed of. However, cutting back the excess will save both money and the environment – so think about how you can trim down!

Airports and Waste Recycling

Posted on June 26, 2012

If you’re in the business of managing airport facilities, starting an on-site recycling program can be a great way to save money on your waste disposal costs and positively impact the environment. Every day, airports are filled with employees and travelers consuming food and drinks purchased at airport facilities. Much of this waste can be recycled with proper planning and management.

When establishing a waste recycling program at your airport, there are a few key points to consider:

1. Decide upon your collection method – will your facility separate recyclables or will all materials be delivered to a recovery facility for sorting? Cost, staffing and airport size will be determining factors.

2. Get buy-in from employees and establish “green” representatives from different work areas. This participation is essential to ensuring that the program is promoted and adhered to.

3. Use resources available from the EPA and your local environmental agency to target specific areas where your facility can recycle, reduce, or reuse. Questionnaires are available to help you determine a baseline for your facility, plot goals, and evaluate results.

4. Talk with your current waste disposal company to determine what kind of recycling services they offer and the cost. Determine what kinds of recyclable materials will be collected.

5. If recycling is new to your facility, think about launching a small scale recycling project is one area first. This will allow you to put a system in place and address logistics before expanding to an entire airport.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: As more people spend more time in airports, recycling programs are a great way to show travelers you can about the environment while reducing your waste disposal costs.

Waste Recycling at Shopping Centers

Posted on June 25, 2012

Americans, on average, visit a shopping mall or shopping center nearly three times a month thus making these shopping and socializing destinations an ideal place to practice and encourage effective waste recycling. For businesses responsible for the management and maintenance of these mixed use developments, establishing the habit to promote recycling by retailers, restaurants, and the public can result in saving opportunities. Particular types of waste to focus on for any shopping establishment include:

           Cardboard boxes and packaging

           Wooden shipping and shortage pallets

           Plastic, glass, and metal containers

           Paper of all kinds (newspapers, office…)

           Restaurant food waste

           Organic waste from landscaping

The Environmental Protection Agency has specialized materials and resources for managers of commercial buildings to learn more about creating and maintaining effective recycling and waste reduction programs. A key reason for shopping centers and malls to adopt recycling programs is that it saves money by decreasing disposal costs and can possibly create revenue by selling recycled materials. Visit the EPA’s website to read success stories of retailers and commercial centers who implemented recycling programs to learn about best practice strategies.

Waste Care Wants You to Remember: Every piece of waste that is not recycled must be disposed of in a landfill. Implementing full-scale recycling programs can save you and your commercial tenants money while helping to preserve the environment.

Recycling of Old Business Computers

Posted on June 21, 2012

Chances are your office has a few old computer monitors that have been collecting dust in a storage closet. You may even have an old television set that was retired as well. When the time comes to clean out your storage space make sure you properly dispose of those pieces – both computer monitors and televisions contain lead which can classify them as hazardous waste. Other toxic substances found in these pieces of equipment include arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. Simply putting these unwanted pieces of equipment in your dumpster will contribute to contamination of the environment and in some states land you will a fine or penalty.

In order to safely dispose of unwanted monitors or televisions first contact your local transfer station or local government to see if they have designated “drop-off” days for electronics, and if so, what types of equipment they will be accepting. If your community isn’t offering such a service, you can also connect with many of the large electronics chain stores such as Best Buy, Office Depot, and others to see if they offer drop-off recycling programs. For television sets, Thinkgreen.com provides a list of locations that accept old or unwanted sets.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Giving the office a thorough cleaning is something you should undertake regularly. Make sure that unwanted materials are classified and removed properly - separate what can be recycled from what is waste, and be sure to create a put aside all waste material that is potential hazardous!

Stay Ozone Safe in Hot Weather

Posted on June 20, 2012

In most parts of the country, summer brings hot temperatures and heat-waves. However, in certain areas, high temperatures combined with ground-level ozone can create unhealthy and dangerous conditions for humans and animals.

Whether you’re working outside, going for a lunch-time walk, or sending the kids out to play, it’s important to know that high ozone levels can result in breathing problems and aggravate lung conditions such as asthma. When temperatures are high and an ozone alert is issued, everyone should should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Automobiles, including machinery and buses, create the majority of the ozone which pollutes the air. Anything that utilizes fossil fuels contributes to the ozone problem. When ozone level reach dangerous states the Environmental Protection Agency urges the public to do the following:

- Minimize the use of automobiles by using public transportation, car-pooling, or staying indoors;
- Avoid using gasoline engines, such as leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and the like.

If you’d like to know how your area of the country performs in ozone readings, comprehensive data can be found on the EPA’s website.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Exposure to high ozone levels can be dangerous to your family, employees, and pets. Conserve energy and protect your health by honoring alerts when they are issued!

Pesticides: Safe Disposal Practices

Posted on June 19, 2012

Whether you’re taking care of your home lawn or the landscaping for a commercial property, chances are there will be time when using pesticides is necessary. Once the pest problem is eradicated though, some thought and care needs to go into how to safely dispose of these toxic chemicals. The following are a few tips from the EPA:

1) Not overbuying the amount of pesticide will help in ensuring that you only have and use the full amount needed to eliminate the pest problem. However, if you do have some of the substance left over, check with neighbors – they may be having a similar problem and could use it!

2) If you have leftover chemicals that cannot be put to use, contact your local transfer station, environmental agency, or community health office to see if any special hazardous waste collection dates are scheduled for your area. Local government can also provide you with the regulations for proper pesticide disposal.

3) Reading up on pesticide regulations on the EPA’s website is always helpful but don’t forget that local and state regulations may be more stringent that the federal ones. Be sure to follow the most restrictive regulation so you don’t incur any fines or citations.

4) If you have used all of the chemical but still have the container, read the labeling carefully for any instructions on how to dispose of it properly. If there aren’t any disposal directions consider it safe to consider it waste or recycling material.

5) Never pour leftover chemicals into a sink, toilet, or street drain. Most sewer systems are not equipped to sufficiently remove hazardous chemicals from pesticides from the waste stream and can go on to contaminate waterways.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Pesticides are designed to eliminate a pest problem. Those same chemicals can create a human health and environmental problem if not used and disposed of properly!

Pesticides: Safe Storage Techniques

Posted on June 18, 2012

If you’re responsible for maintenance and care of landscaping and grounds, chances are you’ll be utilizing a pesticide when a pest problem occurs. Pesticides are toxic and harmful to both humans and the environment, so be sure to exercise caution and follow safe storage techniques. Here are a few recommended safe practices from the Environmental Protection Agency:

1. Buy only the amount needed for the current problem. Storing pesticides over a long period of time reduces their effectiveness and if in containers not sealed properly, can leak and corrode.

2. Follow the directions on the label! A little reading can save a life. Ideally, pesticides should be kept locked in a separate area so children, pets, and unauthorized employees cannot gain access. Never store these hazardous chemicals near medical supplies, animal feed, or food/water supplies where they can easily be mistaken for another substance.

3. The label will indicate if the pesticide is flammable. If this is the case, ensure that the chemical are kept a safe distance from automobiles, heating sources, or power tools.

4. Keep pesticides in their original containers as they are designed by the manufacturer to prevent corrosion and contamination.

5. Never store pesticides in areas where flooding may occur. The chemicals can seep into the groundwater and contaminate the environmental system.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: For those times when pesticide use is necessary, be sure you’re keeping your employees, customers, or family safe by following safe storage practices. Cleaning up a “mess” costs time and money!

Take Care With Ozone-depleting Refrigerants

Posted on June 15, 2012

If you’re in the business of food processing or distribution or use refrigerants as part of your work, take care that they are properly maintained and are within federal compliance guidelines. Recently, two Seattle area seafood processing plants settled a court case filed against them for violations of federal clean air regulations for use of ozone-depleting refrigerants.

In addition to terminating their use of the non-compliant refrigerants, the two companies must enact leak detection and repair policies aboard their fishing vessels and pay penalties in restitution for their violations of the Clean Air Act. For three years, American Seafoods Company and Pacific Longline Company illegally imported the refrigerant R-22 for use on fishing vessels and used quantities of the materials that are beyond the United States limit. They were also cited for failing to repair refrigeration leaks in a reasonable about of time, failure to maintain records of repairs, and use of uncertified refrigeration employees. A $700,000 penalty has been imposed and restitution payments between $9-15 million dollars will be used to offset environmental damage and convert the non-compliant vessels.

The Environmental Protection Agency noted that the use of select refrigerants is not a compliance problem but rather how the cooling materials are maintained, stored, and used so that releases into the ozone are kept to a minimum.

Ozone depletion allows increased levels of ultraviolet radiation to come in contact with the Earth and is associated with skin cancer, immune system damage, and cataracts in humans and animals and can also negatively impact crops, vegetation, and ocean life.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If your business uses refrigeration make sure your methods and systems are compliant with your local and federal regulations. Failure to address this will not only damage the environment but can also land you in hot water!

Stay Cool at Work and Home

Posted on June 14, 2012

Whether you’re relaxing at home or busy at work, there are some special tips to consider during the summer months to help you reduce energy costs and protect the health of your family and employees.

A few things to consider:

1. Energy Star and smart cooling: Did you know that upwards of 20 percent of your utility bill is spent on cooling? This can be even higher depending on your industry sector. A few tips for managing cooling expenses include using Energy Star appliances and lighting and raising the thermostat temperature by two degrees in areas that do not require a specific setting.

2. Use gas wisely: Drive the speed limit; avoid rapid accelerations and quick braking; don’t carry unnecessary weight and eliminating engine idling will improve your gas consumption rates.

3. Working outdoors? Use insect repellents: Depending on your location, mosquitoes and ticks can be a major health concern during the warm weather months. Help to keep your family and workers safe by making sure proper insect repellent is used when working outside.

4. Don’t waste water: A large amount of water is used outdoors for commercial and residential landscaping and when smart watering techniques are ignored, you’re letting money float down the drain! Consider using weather-based automatic sprinkler systems or watering early in the morning.

5. Test indoor air: When temperatures rise, more time is spent indoors. Make sure your ventilation system is properly working, free of dust and debris, and without mold or moisture. A properly working system is more efficient and will ensure good air quality for all occupying the space.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Whether you’re at work or home, take the time to make sure everyone is safe and healthy. You’ll not only enjoy the summer more but save money at the same time!

Zero-energy Building

Posted on June 13, 2012

A popular new trend in residential and commercial building construction is zero-energy or zero net energy building. A zero energy building is one without any energy consumption or carbon emissions. Zero energy buildings are often “off the grid” in terms of energy supply and instead generate all energy on-site utilizing technologies such as solar and wind power. Zero energy construction is becoming increasing in demand as the cost for traditional fuels such as natural gas, oil, and coals continue to increase and consumers are looking for alternatives that have less of an impact on the environment.

Most traditionally built homes and commercial spaces use over 40% of all energy consumed in the US. While zero energy buildings are still relatively uncommon in the US, they are steadily gaining in popularity as the design has great potential for reducing carbon emissions, reliance on fossil fuels, and drastically cutting annual energy costs.

Achieve zero energy may be a challenge depending on the geographical location of the building. Those areas that require heating or cooling for several months during the year have a better chance of achieving a ultra-low energy usage status when the overall living size space is kept small. Additionally, some building may develop a surplus of energy during certain months which can then be used to offset more energy intensive times of the year.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: While zero energy buildings may be a new concept, it’s worth being informed about. Consumers are always looking for ways to save money on energy costs and being familiar with zero energy construction may help you to help your customers!

Build Green and Reduce Waste

Posted on June 12, 2012

Green architecture’s primary objective is to reduce energy, water, and materials waste during construction with an overarching goal of reducing the amount of construction waste ending up in landfills. Buildings that are designed using green architecture principles also reduce the amount of energy used and waste generated by incorporating solutions such as maximizing natural lighting and on-site compost bins.

In an effort to reduce the amount of construction wood that ends up in landfills, Neutral Alliance offers resources for any interested person or business needing information on wood recycling and reclaiming building materials. Extending the life of wood and other building materials reduces the need for landfill space while providing affordable, needed materials to those individuals and businesses with limited incomes.

Green architecture also incorporates solutions to lessen the impact on waster sources. Some of these include greywater re-use systems and rainwater collection to reduce demand for water as well as on-site biological waste collection systems that are used in the creation of fertilizer. Both have show effective in reducing the load placed on central sewer systems and water sources.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Building green starts with a thoughtful, well designed plan. Before your next residential or commercial construction project, consult with a green architect or learn more about the topic. By incorporating these practices you can reduce your costs for waste disposal and help to preserve the environment.

What is Green Building?

Posted on June 11, 2012

Green building, which is also called sustainable building or green construction, is used to describe a residential or commercial building that utilizes resource-efficient and environmentally responsible practices throughout all stages of the building’s creation. This includes the design process, actual construction, daily operation and maintenance, and any renovation or deconstruction work that takes place.

As green building is a very popular topic with increased demand in construction and renovation project, new practices and technologies are constantly being generated. However, whether the practice or product is new or old, the common objective for all green buildings is that they reduce their impact on the environment and human health contributing to a better quality of life.

These enhancements are done by considering the following:

           Efficiently using resources such as water and energy

           Protecting the health of residents or employees utilizing the building

           Reducing all waste and pollution generated by the building and inhabitants

Green building is designed to meet the residential and commercial needs of the present generation without degrading the environment for future generations.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Green building is in demand. Has your business opened its doors to this important development? Both your bank account and the environment can benefit from it!

Reduce Your Waste And Save

Posted on June 8, 2012

The best way for a business to reduce their generated waste is to cut back on how much waste is generated. By cutting back on waste generation, businesses can help to save our natural resources and cut their costs for waste removal and disposal. Cutting back on the amount of waste we generate is essential as the average amount of waste generated per person has increased to almost four and a half pounds each day.

Think about the product or service your business provides and identify where waste might lie in your design, manufacturing, purchasing, or service process. Redesigning product packaging to use less materials, eliminating the use of certain toxic or hazardous materials, or making changes in office procedures (eliminating a printer, mandating recycling…) are all strategies known to be effective in reducing waste. When you reduce your cost to manufacture or deliver a service, that means a larger profit for your business. Increased profits can then be used to reward employees or be passed along to the consumer in terms of lower pricing.

From a business perspective, it’s almost impossible to eliminate all waste, however, for the waste that is generated, see if there are options in your community for donation and re-use of unwanted materials. There are many places around the country designed for re-selling construction and demolition refuse – instead of paying for disposal of these items, you’re business can donate them and save some money instead!

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Keep your business running lean and effectively. Periodically check your systems and see where “waste” might be accumulating. You’ll be surprised what you might find!

U.S.- Mexico Border Waste Initiatives

Posted on June 7, 2012

If you live or do business along the border of the United States and Mexico you may be interested in getting involved with the Border 2012 Environmental Program.This is a collaboration between the Mexico and the U.S. to address and re-mediate the deteriorating environmental conditions in the area and protect and enhance the quality of life and health for the 12 million people of both countries who live and work in the region.

Border 2012 encourages stakeholder involvement through a variety of opportunities for both individuals, civic and non-profit groups, and businesses of all sizes. The group focuses on environmental improvements that can be made at the community-level and how seemingly small changes can impact a larger region.

While each community has different immediate concerns, there are six overarching goals that apply to all areas along the border. These goals are:

1. Reduce the Contamination of Water Sources
2. Air Pollution Reduction
3. Reduce the Contamination of the Land
4. Improve Overall Environmental Health
5. Improve Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies
6. Enhance Stewardship of all Environmental Areas

Task forces are set up in each area including residents, government, community groups, and business stakeholders so that all parties have say in addressing the issues and planning and enacting the solutions.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: If you live, work, or do business in the border area, get involved in the work of Border 2012 – it will not only help to improve the quality of life of your employees and family but the environment as well.

Air Duct Maintenance and Cleaning

Posted on June 6, 2012

If you are responsible for maintaining indoor air quality and heating and cooling systems, whether in residential or commercial buildings, maintenance of air ducts is a routine part of your work. While cleaning air ducts hasn’t been shown to prevent health issues, having air ducts that are dirty can contribute to those particles (pollution, dirt, toxins…) being found in indoor air. When is it time to clean or even replace air ducts? Consider the following:

           Is there mold on the inside of the sheet metal ducts or on other parts of the heating and cooling system? As some sections of the system may be difficult to inspect, a qualified service provider may required. Any substance that appears to be mold should be sent to a laboratory for testing and analysis. If your air ducts contain insulation that is moldy or wet, it should be removed and replaced immediately. If mold is not properly removed and the space treated, growth will reoccur.

           Have ducts become infested with insects, rodents, or birds? This can cause potential health problems if not removed and treated.

           Are ducts excessively clogged with dust, debris, or other matter? Excessive amounts of particles in the ducts can reduce the effectiveness of the system and result in particles entering the indoor air stream.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Taking care of your heating and cooling systems can reduce your energy costs. By also periodically reviewing the air ducts you can identify issues before they become expensive to repair!

Recycling Industrial Hazardous Waste

Posted on June 5, 2012

If your business involves hazardous waste, it’s important to be aware of both the legal and regulatory issues as well as the environmental ones for toxic and harmful materials. The Environmental Protection Agency provides resources and best practices to assist businesses of all sizes with recycling and disposing of the hazardous wastes that are a part of their materials stream. Recycling practices for materials such as electronics, chemicals, and tires, are changing rapidly as new and innovative uses for these products are developed – so staying current in the latest news is to your benefit.

When you’re ready to start the process of recycling your hazardous waste, consider the following:

           First, have a comprehensive understanding of how the state and federal government regulate the hazardous waste you have.

           Find a recycler who is responsible and knowledgeable. Make sure they are qualified and permitted to handle hazardous waste, offer full disclosure for any prior contamination problems as well as compliance audits, and employ sound practices in both their financial management and waste screening.

           Once you’ve found a recycler that meets your needs, periodically confirm that legitimate recycling is taking place.

           Participate in the EPA’s WasteWise program which is designed to help businesses reduce their solid waste and cut disposal costs.

           Monitor your business’s recycling success! Keeping track of your recycling efforts helps to measure your cost savings and is good public relations in your community.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: When you adapt your practices to be more environmentally friendly and less wasteful, it shows your investors, employees, and clients that you will not put them in danger of violating regulations, incurring heavy fines, or receiving adverse publicity.

Before You Start Construction or Remodeling

Posted on June 4, 2012

If you are working on a new construction or remodeling project there are a few things to consider while in the planning stages to make the project as environmentally friendly and financially efficient as possible.

1) Develop a list of waste haulers and recycle’s in your area. Your local environmental or solid waste agencies should be able to provide this information.

2) Consider deconstruction as an option. In some areas, specific deconstruction auctions or marketplaces are utilized to resell usable materials.

3) Before purchasing new products check with your local salvage yard. They often offer good condition cabinets, doors, windows, and flooring for greatly reduced prices.

4) Take a look at the ReUse People website. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to salvaging and diverting reusable construction materials and providing them to low-income businesses, individuals, and families. Your unwanted waste stream materials can be used to do good in the world! If this organization isn’t active in your area, Habitat for Humanity is another option.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Taking time to consider what is the best course of action for waste materials from your next construction or renovation project is worth it. Instead of contributing to landfills, your unwanted materials can be sold to generate income or donated to assist those in need!

Greenscape Instead of Landscape

Posted on June 1, 2012

Why should you consider “GreenScaping” the land around your home or business? The green spaces where we live or work are ideal spots to relax and enjoy nature in an easy and affordable way. By taking proper care of these spaces we not only improve our health and quality of life but also the environment.

GreenScaping involves using landscaping practices to enhance the health and appearance of your green space while reducing or eliminating demand for harmful pesticides and water. Switching from landscaping to greenscaping can save you or your business money and labor over time while maintaining a beautiful place to enjoy the outdoors.

What are some ways to start?

1) Instead of paying to dispose of yard waste, use it to create mulch and compost to create that you can work back into the soil.
2) Select plants that are native to your area and ideal for your location.
3) Water at effective times.
4) Try natural pest management by attracting butterflies, birds, and other insect predators.

By incorporating greenscaping you will reduce or even eliminate water and chemical use and cut back on your time and labor for maintaining the area. As a result, there will be less chemical run-off into the water supply, more money saved, and increased time to enjoy your outdoor space!

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: When you work with nature, instead of against it, your outdoor space will be easier to care for, less expensive to maintain, and better for your family, employees, and wildlife!

 

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