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I was reading Your Farm in the City by Lisa Taylor and there was information stating that rainwater from rooftops might be toxic. Any one ever hear such a thing? I have two 300 gallon barrels and would hate to think that the water in them could be toxic. I do use it for my vegetable garden. Advice anyone?
We made good work on Saturday getting in a bit of yard work before dark by blowing and mulching the leaves in the yard. I mowed part of the lawn and added the bagged cuttings to the garden coffin that has become the compost coffin until spring. I am hoping the leaves will help the composting process over the winter.
Hubby got the blower and corralled another heaping pile that he ran over with the mower and added them to my flower beds. To think that last year I did not even consider the leaves as a garden commodity. We ran them over and left them to fertilize the grass, what a waste! This year I am putting my new-found knowledge to use by utilizing every last leave to help in the effort of amending the icky dirt we have in our yard.
Putting the leaves to work in you garden is an easy project. You can just add them to your compost pile, whole or shredded. Shredding leaves helps them to break down faster. You can make leaf mold by packing the leaves in plastic bags and letting the leaves break down for 6 months to a year. The leaf mold mixed with the garden soil helps amend the soil and aids in water retention. Read more on how to use leaves in the garden here.
CITY OF DURHAM
Office of Public Affairs
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701
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Sr. Public Affairs Specialist
(919) 560-4123 x 11253
(919) 475-7735 (cell)
For Immediate Release: October 25, 2011
Durham Sponsors America Recycles Day Challenge Through November
Citywide Recycling Challenge From November 7- 30
DURHAM, N.C. – Beginning November 7, the City of Durham will launch its
America Recycles Day Challenge to reward top-notch recyclers for their
environmentally- friendly habits.
Many communities across the country celebrate America Recycles Day on
November 15 to promote the important role that recycling plays in saving
energy, reducing pollution, generating jobs, and helping to conserve
landfill space. As part of Durham’s celebration this year, a citywide
recycling challenge will be held throughout the month of November to
reward residents who properly recycle.
According to Larrisha McGill, waste reduction coordinator with the
City’s Solid Waste Management Department, residents who properly recycle
during November could win prizes, including gift cards. “The America
Recycles Day Challenge is designed to make recycling a rewarding
experience through this month-long challenge and encourage residents to
make a commitment to recycling 365 days a year,” said McGill.
Residents are encouraged to prepare for the America Recycles Day
Challenge by reviewing the City’s recycling brochure and collection
schedule at http://www.DurhamNC. gov/Departments/ Solid/wr_ default_new. cfm.
“It’s important that residents learn about all of the materials they can
place in their recycling cart and then take a good look at their
garbage. Residents may be surprised at how many items they can shift to
the recycling cart, especially since all types of recyclable items can
be placed in the same cart,” McGill said.
From November 7 to November 30, when the Recycling Prize Patrol finds
residents with recycling carts that contain acceptable recyclable
materials, they’ll be eligible to win a prize pack that includes a
grocery gift card. Winners will be notified by a flyer at their home.
Residents interested in learning more the recycling challenge should
contact McGill by e-mail at Larrisha.McGill@ DurhamNC. gov or by calling
(919) 560-4186, ext. 32227.
About the Solid Waste Management Department
The City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department promotes and
supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing
comprehensive, responsive, environmentally- safe, efficient and
cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs.
Department services include roll-out cart collection, cardboard
collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky
item pick-up, disposal services, and cart delivery and repair service.
For more information, visit http://www.DurhamNC. gov/Departments/ Solid.