Spurring Your Community in Recycling Efforts

By Robert Grigg & Benjamin Forcier People don’t always do what they know is the right thing; eating healthy, stretching daily, and getting enough sleep every night are among the concepts that we are so familiar with, that we lose sight of all the benefits and great things they provide. Recycling is one of these concepts, yet gets ignored even more frequently because we don’t directly feel personal benefits from recycling; the Earth does. While people know about recycling, and what it provides for the planet- often times they can become passive or forgetful without reminders. This is why you should strive to help aid your community’s recycling efforts, bring awareness to those around you, and spur those people into adopting good recycling habits. Below are some ideas and tips to use when planning things out. Lead by example – do some recycling yourself Educate others and yourself about the process Make recycling cans more readily available than normal trash bins Post eye-catching fliers around in visible spots where people frequent Speak to others directly about recycling Consult the local community or municipality to create drop-offs and special events Volunteer at early grade schools to help educate younger kids early Of course, these aren’t the only options available, but it’s a good start for those wanting to improve their community. Feel free to look up more ways and guides on how to increase recycling efforts on your own or consult local experts on the matter. We at Vixster seeks to promote more sustainable efforts, and recycling is a great…

Composing Compost: Surprising Do’s and Don’ts

By Robert Grigg & Benjamin Forcier With the seasons’ lawn care or gardening efforts potentially underway, another great step to reduce waste is to compost it. Practicing composting will not only prevent filling up trash & recycling bins too quickly, but it will provide your lawn & garden with a natural fertilizer that improves growth, increases soil stability, improves drainage, and retains moisture. Of course, one won’t be tossing cans or plastics in the pile, but leftover food and the natural scraps of what’s been eaten can still serve another purpose besides being landfill filling, among other things. However, some compostable and non-compostable items may not be readily obvious. Below, we try to explore some of the more interesting things that fall on either side of the composting spectrum. Do Don’t Hair / Pet fur Pet Feces or Litter Newspaper & uncoated paper Meat or fish bones Tea Bags Diseased & Insect-Infested Plants Coffee Grounds & Filters Black Walnut tree (leaves & Twigs) Uncoated Cardboard Dairy Products Sawdust & Woodchips Grease & oil Layer Compost with Soil Large pieces of material (shred it) Cotton & Wool Rags Charcoal Ash Vaccum & Dryer Lint Anything treated with pesticides Even if you aren’t planning on making a garden of your own, compost can still be helpful to take care of your yard and cut down on costs surrounding the purchase of fertile soil. For more information on what you can and can’t compost, as well as its benefits, please visit https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home. We at Vixster are proud to support sustainable practices and even hope to begin offering compost-related services…

Don’t Buy-n-Burn!

By Robert Grigg & Benjamin Forcier Unfortunately for many people, especially in rural zones, trash and recycling services do not operate with full coverage. Due to this, driving a long way out to dispose of trash and recyclables rapidly becomes unviable, leading many to burn their trash with few other options available. However, despite what some may think, burning trash does not simply remove the problem, and actually endangers those performing it. Not only are the fumes and gasses released from the burned materials harmful for the environment, but their toxicity can also heavily impact nearby wildlife inhaling the smoke. In addition to this, in many of the places Vixster operates, forest fires have recently been a fairly large problem, so a third layer of danger is added to the use of flame-bound disposal. Some sources estimate that 40% of all waste produced globally is disposed of by burning, resulting in the release of several dangerous pollutants. These pollutants make up a great portion of annual emmisions and can cause cancer, produce smog, and damage neighborhoods and ecosystems. Pullutants emitted from burning garbage include: Carbon (5% of annual total) Small Particulate matter (29% of annual total) Murcury (10% of annual total) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (40% of annual total) While still a viable solution for other problems – lighting it on fire is NOT the best solution for our garbage problem. Help us fight this pollution by prioritizing zero-waste practices such as recycling, reducing, and composting. We at Vixster hope that by offering an affordable and accessible service, we can help cut down on these harmful practices. For more information, feel free to visit https://archive.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/web/html/index-3.html or other sources at your…