Compost & Recycling
Welcome to the neighborhood. We are just one small part of the gem that is called The Santa Barbara Harbor, and we are into closing loops and tying loose ends.
Food Scraps Composting
Captain Dan Collie has a beautiful nature preserve right in his backyard. I have been delighted to see it myself; it is full of homegrown food, quenched by reclaimed water and fed by food scraps generated by us at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. We are so delighted to close the loop and give back to our treasured community!
Why does composting help?
Without composting, our food scraps would go directly to the Tajiguas landfill. Since the landfill has a lack of oxygen, the food scraps emit methane while they decompose. Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas and is a large contributor to Climate Change. Thankfully, the Tajiguas Landfill burns the Methane to convert it to Carbon Dioxide. Composting is best because it reincorporates the food scraps into the soil, keeping methane from being being emitted.
What you can do
What is it?
The City of Santa Barbara says it best, “Electrical Waste is anything that runs on batteries or has an electrical cord. It cannot be put in trash or recycling containers since it contains hazardous materials. In fact, it has been illegal to dispose of electronics with hazardous components since February, 2006.” Electronics contain precious metals that should be reclaimed.
Caution: Electrical Recycling Companies often ship their harder-to-recycle waste overseas to places like India and China, where there are very poor working conditions and little environmental regulation. The workers are subject to toxic fumes, highly polluted drinking water, and cattle, their food source, becomes toxic as well.
What can we do about it?
The most environmentally-friendly solution to Household Hazardous Waste is to not produce it at all. We can do this through only buying the electronics we need, thinking twice about the impact before buying the latest gadget, and many more ways.
However, when you do find a no longer useful electronic in your hands, make sure to bring it to an E Stewards Certified Electronic Recycling Facility, or a Basal Action Network Certified Recycling Center. These organizations are aimed at making sure environmental standards are followed during the recycling process. They have great customer service, so if you ever have a question about where to recycle in you area, don’t hesitate to call them.
There are also free pick up options available. For more information, browse Santa Barbara City’s Electronics Webpage.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Since recycling alone is not very efficient, we must reduce & reuse first, before recycling as the last option. It is amazing what a difference it makes to educate people about what items to recycle, and to have clearly noted recycling bins.
We know it is good, but why is it good? Recycling lessens the amount of trash in our landfills, saves energy, preserves natural resources and wildlife, and reduces our carbon footprint.
“Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.” marck.net