Thursday, May 2, 2013
All the tools you need to start composting, plus where to get free or low-cost compost for your garden.
If composting is an activity on your list of ways to live greener, here's a how to get started in Lakewood. Emily Bishton, a designer of sustainable landscapes and an environmental educator for children and adults, says, "Home composting is a fun and easy way to make fabulous and free soil amendments to make all the plants in your garden healthier," Bishton says. "It also eliminates the carbon emissions that are needed to truck your food and yard waste to composting facilities, truck the finished compost back to a retail outlet, and then to your home.” Collecting Kitchen Compost Composting starts in the kitchen. First, you'll want to set up a system for catching compostable materials during your meal and snack clean up process. These …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
On Monday night, Lakewood City Council unanimously OK’d an ordinance that sets some guidelines on composting in the city.
Looking to maintain healthy soil and keep tons of garbage out of landfills, city officials are hoping to encourage residents to compost. But first, there are some ground rules. On Monday night, Lakewood City Council unanimously OK’d an ordinance that sets some guidelines on composting in the city. “The goal here is to put the city on a footing whereby we can promote composting to be — not the exception — but the common practice in Lakewood,” said Ward 2 Councilman Tom Bullock, who introduced the legislation. He said there are a couple of benefits to the proposed ordinance: First, it’s good for soil building and gardening, he said. Secondly, the practice will cut down on waste headed for landfills. “We want to actively promote this,” he …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
About 100 people packed the Women's Pavilion on Tuesday night to learn the dos and don'ts of nature’s way of recycling.
Some call it natural mulch. Others call it nature’s way of recycling. Whatever you call it, composting is a great way to keep organic materials out of landfills and an inexpensive way of adding nutrients back into the soil. That was part of the message Tuesday night as the city's Division of Refuse and Recycling hosted a composting seminar conducted by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District in the Women’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park. More than 100 packed the space to get an hourlong crash-course in the dark, crumbly soil amendment. Kathleen Rocco of the county waste district presented the seminar. Couldn’t make the event? That’s OK, we’ll give you a recap.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Composting workshop at Lakewood Park on Sept. 13.
Want to learn how to compost? If you're into that, the city's Division of Refuse and Recycling has got you covered. The city is hosting a composting seminar conducted by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District in the Woman’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13. Those who attend will learn the ins and outs of composting household yard waste and food scraps. Compost bins will be sold following the seminar. As reported by Lakewood Patch in May, composting is an easy solution for keeping organic material – food waste, leaves and grass clippings – out of the landfill. These organic materials account for as much as 30 percent of the waste stream. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, our country generates …
Monday, May 30, 2011
Composting is way of life for local woman who believes in recycling and loves gardening.
Sharon Hogan makes it a point not to work against nature. Instead, the 54-year-old tends her lush and edible landscape at the corner of Summit and Clifton avenues with her green thumb and shovel-ready ingenuity. Her L-shaped yard regularly garners attention and queries from passersby dropping off their kids at Lincoln Elementary. This almost public space is a clever work in progress, incorporating grapes, apples and currants that grow with enthusiasm on her modest Lakewood lot alongside many kinds of mint – including lemon ball and chocolate – as well as sorrel, lettuces and other garden veggies. This earthy school psychologist says she’s not an expert in gardening nor is she an environmentalist (I beg to differ). She is an avid recycler …