Live Green: DNREC
DOVER, DE- We all have heard: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But, what about composting at home? This week on Live Green, Meteorologist Sloane Haines spoke with Adam Schlachter and Greg Williams, of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, about some recycling tips and how you can do more at home.
Recycling has become second nature to many of us over the years. And recycling bins are a staple in at homes, businesses and schools. But – do you know exactly what you can recycle?
Greg Williams said: “In Delaware, we take paper—any kind of paper—paper bags, magazines, junk mail, newspapers. Plastic containers is primarily what we’re looking at with plastic. We want the lids on. Anything you put in or on your body are the type of things we are looking for.”
Officials explain that recycling something as small as a soda bottle can contribute to the global effort of keeping our planet green. It prevents substances that can be reused from adding to landfills – and provides jobs and gives back raw materials here on Delmarva.
“Recycling also provides raw material back to the broader economy. So, not just in Delaware, but we are actually sending material all over the country to various different manufacturers. We are providing all the things that they need to make their products,” said Adam Schlachter.
And that’s not all – you can take recycling even further. Composting, or what some call Mother Nature’s recycling program, is a great way to reuse items you might throw out. Things like Coffee grounds, bread, and egg shells can be composted in your own garden.
“What it comes down to for composts to really operate efficiently is balance. You have to balance your carbon, or what we call your brown, with your nitrogen, what we call your green,” said Schlachter.
By reusing your compostable matters, reducing your waste and recycling the appropriate items: experts say you are committing to a sustainable Delmarva.
If you are interested in creating a compost or looking for recycling tips, please visit their website. Here, you can find recycling do’s and dont’s, plus, more information about how you can be green at home.
If you know a green business on Delmarva, please send their contact information to Meteorologist Sloane Haines.