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City Composting

I remember as a child always having a compost pile. I lived at the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, not in concrete nation of Cincinnati, where nature was just a door between you. It was what you did. My grandparents had a huge compost pile full of old plants, food scraps, anything that could be returned back to earth. I loved throwing buckets of old plants or the food scrap bucket to the compost pile. I wanted to see what was growing in the pile. Most of the time it was insects and I liked to see things decomposing turning into something new. I had a compost pile in Cincinnati that my neighbor had built and maintained. When I moved, I never took the time to make or buy one. I feel guilty every time I throw food waste in the trash or the garbage disposal. Last week I went to the Northside Farmers Market and discovered a composting program created by the Millcreek Alliance and the Northside Sustainability Committee. You pay and receive a bucket to collect your compost then you can return it to the market. If you are lucky enough to live in the Northside then they will collect the bucket from your curbside. The program's goal is to determine whether the city can benefit from curbside composting. Last weekend, my friend and I traveled to New York City and saw where the city has a composting program. Just like our recycling program where you have a bin to place your compost and the city picks it up weekly. I hope the composting project soars and the city will have it's own composting program. To learn more why composting is important to climate change and the Northside Composts program check out this link: https://www.themillcreekalliance.org/northside-composts






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