Carrying through the green living commitment opens up worries on how waste decays. The return to nature unleashes an unpleasant smell.
Green stuff gathers in stashes and piles. Many people often look to conveniences to handle the slow olfactory experience.
The Green Smell
Nature gives off the strongest scent. Eating and enjoying the yard come at a cost. Food and grass in decay can kill the nice patio table discussion amongst flowers arranged in rapturous handsome bunches. The cleanest way to throw things out will not keep down the profuse flow.
Paper, Plastic, or Corn Bag
A green loyalist must remain cautious about bag choices when trying to seal off the green smell. Placing meal remnants in a plastic bag is a refusal of the green responsibility. The whole purpose of a green life is cheapened by the convenience. Inside the synthetic seal, apple cores and steak bones do not take the natural course to become part of the earth. Worse, the bag just will not break down. Landfills get fortified with thousands of plastic bags.
Paper does break down, but the odor control is not on anyone’s trusted map.
Lucky for the devoted, there is another product. The bags fit the California biodegradable description found in SB 1749. Natural bags made from corn can hold the same things, and take the ordinary course to being part of the earth. Green Jack enjoys a pleasurable day in the house. And, everyone in town can enjoy clean landfills.
Keeping Composting Contained
Not everyone can do with their compostable waste as they wish. In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom passed a law to make composting mandatory. The city gives out green bins to contain the compost. But, overstocking the bin can cause the smell to grow to a supreme odor that blows in the wind. Bacteria thrive and multiply rapidly in the warm moist inside.
Bins that have holes to let the green stuff breathe are a remedy that works, for the time the compost stays in decay on the home property. A slight dampness moves decay along, yet odors remain light.
The right balance of green material and brown material also keeps odor down. Worms work on biodecay non-stop, preventing slow odor build.
On the other hand, the large quantity of grass, plants, leaves and peels and grinds that flow into landfills need a different remedy. All citizens suffer the scent floating in the wind. Interestingly enough, many cities use the yard waste to cover everything, instead of the typical dirt cover. In California, because of the state’s AB 939 law, the cover counts as recycling. Californians Against Waste voices their opinion against the use, saying composting is the right use.
Either way, a citizen can settle into a less odorous life.
Low Peaks for the Cast Off Stuff
A true believer fulfills the promise of a green life by keeping the peaks on stashes and piles low. The only thing better than reuse is not use. When it comes to controlling odor, not use is the only sure choice. No matter how many counter measures a person takes against the green smell, the malodorous waste will give off an overtaking scent and shock the sense when the stocks grow too high.
Air freshener can be of little help against the mighty natural odor that wafts off high peaks.
Orderly Green Containers
What is waste made of and where did you put it? Loyalists effective at odor control always know both answers. Turning waste into blight by placing it in the wrong place will offend friends in the house, and the neighborhood. The green loyalist always uses the right bag or bin.
BioBags Facts and Data at BuyGreen.com website (June 21, 2010).
“Alternative Daily Cover,” at Californians Against Waste website (June 21, 2010).
Frank Carini, Eco Rhode Island website, “Let Worms Do Your Home and Office Composting” (May 14, 2010).
“Collecting Compost” at EarthShare.org website (June 21, 2010).