Reducing Waste in Your Backyard
Do you know that residential yard waste adds up to about 15-30 percent of what we send to our landfills in Orange County? Yet, leaves, grass and yard trimmings are valuable resources that we can easily recycle in our own backyards by composting and grass recycling. Also, planting water-wise gardens reduce waste and saves water and prevent urban runoff pollution. When you practice these yard waste management techniques, you will conserve water, save money, and help preserve the environment. These simple practices do not take much time, and help you enjoy healthy and beautiful lawns and gardens.
The City of Laguna Beach and its solid waste contractor, Waste Management, team up each year to host four free composting classes for residents. The first class for 2019 will be held on Saturday, March 30 at Bluebird Park located at 798 Bluebird Canyon Drive. Click here to view the flyer. The City also offers a "Kids Can Compost" class at the elementary schools annually and focuses on young gardeners and their parents.
Composting is a simple and natural way to turn yard and food waste into valuable organic fertilizer for the garden. Compost Bins and Worm Bins are available for purchase during the classes at a discounted price.
For more information regarding the classes, contact the class instructor, Lisa Ryder at (310) 874-2499. For other questions, please contact Liz Vazquez-Avila, City of Laguna Beach Public Works Department, at (949) 497-0344.
Laguna Beach residents who attend the free composting class are eligible to enter a drawing to win a free composting bin!
Grass recycling is a simple and natural approach to lawn care. Clippings are left on the lawn after mowing to decompose quickly. That way you can save time, get a great lawn, and help the environment all at once. It will be helpful to follow these suggestions:
Visit http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/organics for further information for composting.