Live Green: Go Green OC
OCEAN CITY, MD– The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it’s almost time to put up Christmas trees and light the menorah. But, when it’s time to take down your fall decor, what do you do with it? Garvey Heiderman of Go Green OC has the eco-friendly answer to that question–check out this week’s Live Green.
Go Green OC was created with one goal in mind to help Ocean City become the first zero waste resort town in the country.
“In the most simple sense, Go Green OC is about source reduction, whether that be food waste diversion like we’re doing here with composting or, potentially, reintroducing recycling to Ocean City. We are about pushing environmentally sustainable initiatives locally in Ocean City,” explained Garvey Heiderman.
To reach their zero waste goal, Go Green OC launched their composting program. They compost food waste brought to them in biodegradable plastic liners from local businesses like The Hobbit Restaurant.
“In this case, we are taking food waste, which is very high in nitrogen, and wood chips. Then, combining them in these bins behind me and very simply you just let Mother Nature do its work. And a few weeks to a month later, you end up with this nutrient rich material that you can use for a bunch of different applications,” said Heiderman.
Compost Operations Director Garvey Heiderman says composting is an easy, odorless process you can do at home, especially after this weekend. Halloween decorations can pile up in landfills and contribute to carbon emissions, but items like pumpkins, corn stalks and leaves can be composted in your yard.
“A fun thing to do at home with things you have readily available is compost your pumpkin. Children probably want to smash the pumpkin and they can smash it. Then, you can put leaves over top of it and let Mother Nature do its work. And you can easily compost your pumpkin that way at home,” said Heiderman.
In addition to composting, Go Green OC brought recycling to OC BikeFest in 2019 and petitions to end trash incineration, which according to experts increases air pollution levels. Through these actions, Go Green OC gets closer to their goal of a zero waste Ocean City.
If you want Go Green OC to compost your Halloween decorations, you can drop them off at Heron Park in Berlin from November 1st to 7th. For more information about Go Green OC, check out their website.
As always, if you know a green business on Delmarva, please send their contact information to Meteorologist Sloane Haines.