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Friday Quickie: Reduce Yard Waste This Fall
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Friday Quickie: Reduce Yard Waste This Fall

Autumn leaves are gorgeous , but can add up to quite the mess when they fall. Don’t let your yard waste end up in landfills!  Here’s a few do’s and don’ts for this leafy season:

  • Don’t use a leaf blower. Leaf blowers may save time, but they release emissions and cause pollution.
  • Do grab a rake! You’ll kill two birds with one stone – getting in a good workout, and cleaning up your yard simultaneously.
  • Don’t burn your leaves. It’s crazy that people still do this – yes it’s easy but putting a match to a big pile of leaves produces hydrocarbons that can contain toxic and carcinogenic compounds. Not to mention it’s a fire hazard!
  • Do compost. Grinding or shredding leaves typically makes composting a little simpler. Check out this tutorial on how to compost leaves.
  • Definite Do – take advantage of the The Streets Department Bagged Leaf and Recycling Program starting November 5th! For more info check out the Philly Streets site.

 

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Beth is a Health and Wellness expert who believes sustainability goes hand-in-hand with self care. She’s the girl whipping up kombucha cocktails at parties, and extolling the benefits of canning vegetables to anyone who will listen. View all posts by Beth Funari

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