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May 17

Reduce Food Waste, Save Money!

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 11:20 AM by Regina Connelly

Reduce Food Waste, Save Money
Everything from last week’s leftovers to mushy produce heads straight for the landfill when it’s not consumed or composted. According to the USDA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted in the United States each year. And it doesn’t just add to landfill growth, it can also be bad for your bank account.

For example; if you spend $100 on groceries each week, there’s a good chance you’re tossing about $30-$40 worth of food into the garbage. So how do you keep those pennies in your pocket and the food in your fridge?

Here are five ways to minimize food waste, and get more bang for your buck:

1. Meal Plan
Take stock of what you already have in the pantry, and plan meals around those items. The sooner you are able to use those items up, the less likely they will be to go bad!


2. Buy only what you need
Be wary of impulse buys. Once you know what you need to purchase for meals and snacks for the week, stick to that list. Creating a digital list on your phone, or through a grocery store app, is great way to stay on track, and save paper!

3. Practice “first in, first out” 
Grocery stores employ a similar tactic; when putting away your groceries, move your older items to the front of the fridge so that you are reminded to use them first.

4. Freeze it!
Won’t get to that chicken until after its expiration date? Toss it in the freezer and thaw it out when you’re ready to use it.

5. Eat leftovers
If eating leftovers for lunch isn’t really your thing, find a way to reinvent them for dinner! One of the best ways to cut back on wasted food is to mix and match leftovers with whatever you have in the fridge!

Making just a few of these changes will result in a big return. Cutting your food waste in half could save you anywhere from $700 to $1,000 per year! For more tips on reducing food waste at home, visit: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-home


May 10

Compost Awareness Week!

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 9:20 AM by Regina Connelly

It’s New York State Compost Awareness Week!

Governor Cuomo has declared the week of May 6-12 as NYS Compost Awareness Week.  So what is the big deal with composting?

According to Basil Seggos, Commissioner of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) “Increasing composting offers a unique opportunity to reduce our dependence on landfills and protect the planet from harmful methane emissions, while simultaneously harnessing the beneficial properties of these organics.”

Let’s break it down…

  • Organic material makes up approximately 30 percent of municipal waste.
  • DEC estimates more than 3 million tons of food scraps are disposed of each year.
  • Organics disposed of in landfills create the greenhouse gas methane which can be harmful to the atmosphere if not properly controlled.
  • Today more than 700,000 tons of organic material is processed in compost facilities each year, including yard waste.


The benefits of recycling organic materials by composting, anaerobic digestion, land application, and other organics recycling technologies include, reducing greenhouse gases, enriching soil, creating energy, and generating green jobs.


For additional information about composting visit DEC's organics recycling webpage. And to read the press release about NYS Compost Awareness Week please visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html 


Apr 09

3 Things to Do With Plastic Bags

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 12:48 PM by Regina Connelly

3 Things to Do With Plastic Bags

Have you ever wondered why you can’t put plastic bags in your curbside recycling bin? Considered to be the most common type of litter, single-use plastic bags not only block local drainage systems and harm our wildlife, they create major havoc on recycling equipment by jamming up the gears. So what are you gonna do then?

Here are three simple things you can do with plastic bags:

1)     Return them to a local retailer
While Wegmans is a popular spot, you can also
click here for a list of local retailers that offer plastic bag drop-off.

2)     Reuse them
Because it takes extra effort to recycle them, reuse them when necessary. Plastic bags make great pet and diaper waste bags in a pinch. They also work well to line small trash cans. While we hope your plastic bag supply continues to lessen, it’s always better to use what you have on hand, instead of buying new. And for all you crafty folks, click here for 50 projects using plastic bags.

3)     Avoid them all together
Make the switch to reusable shopping bags! Keep a stash of reusable bags nearby and grab them on your way out to your next shopping trip. The fewer plastic bags you use, the fewer you have to worry about recycling! (They also make a great gift for friends).

Remember, every little bit makes a big difference! And now that you know what you can do with plastic bags, you can help spread the word. Be sure to share this with your family and friends!