Waste Reduction Strategies
- Compost all organic waste streams and use in landscaping
- Incorporate waste reduction into the planning process for
special projects: Minimize discards form construction and
demolition; plan to reuse materials; provide extra container
capacity for recycling.
- Consider compost as a natural alternative to fertilizers and
alternatives to using pesticides.
- Read about Organic Gardening, composting, and native plants on
the following web sites:
- Organic Gardening in Central Oregon
- Native Plant Society of Oregon
- Gardening.About.com (See Northwest section)
- Reuse plant containers.
- Use plants that require less pruning and use native plants
- Choose plants that fit into the space available to avoid
trimming When updating or developing a landscape design; choose
slow-growing species and evergreens to reduce the production of
- Using both winter and summer perennials can give year-round
color without the cost and waste of replacing annual plants.
- Design landscape based on anticipated use (turf vs. shrubbery).
- If using turf, choose dwarf or other slow growing varieties that
require less water.
- See General Tips for basic office waste
- Purchase plant containers that are recyclable.
- Recycle excess plant containers, when possible.
- Set up a recycling program for your employees and encourage them
- Incorporate "Grasscycling" into your lawn care. Leaving grass
clippings on a lawn can significantly reduce the waste volume while
conserving soil nutrients and saving fertilizer costs. Use a
mulching mower to cut grass into smaller pieces, thereby allowing
the clippings to decompose faster. Regular mowers can be retrofit
with mulching blades to further cut new equipment costs.
- Composting leaves and branches along with grass trimmings and
other organic matter will create a high-nutrient soil additive used
- Use compost as a topsoil amendment or request that your
landscaper use it.
- High quality compost could be sold as mulch, potting soil, or a
soil amendment to cover ground maintenance costs.
- Chipping wood and other ground debris will provide mulch used
for weed reduction and moisture conservation around interior plants
or landscaped trees and shrubs.
- Locate an off-site composting site to reduce the costs of
on-site management or disposal of yard waste. Contact your hauler
and local government to find out about pick-up and drop-off options
for your yard waste.
Maintain a worm bin as an in-house group project. Worms will eat
leftover organic vegetative waste from lunch. Small bins are
relatively easy to care for and bring youthful fun into the office
For more information visit these web sites:
- Composting Council of Canada
- Composting News
- Internet Recycling and Composting Resource Page
- Recyclers World central composting category
- US EPA composting