The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources hosted a free backyard composting and green cleaning class at the Little Red School House in Anza Saturday, Sept. 28.
The composting presentation taught how to recycle organic resources such as yard trimmings, and fruit and vegetable waste, into a beneficial soil conditioner. Compost is used to enrich the soil in gardens, lawns and house plants. Instead of putting organic waste into the trash to be hauled to the landfill, residents learned to compost.
The purpose of educating the public is to reduce, reuse and recycle, keeping as much as possible from being dumped in the landfills.
“We’re part of the recycling program,” George Podolsky, volunteer services manager with Riverside County Department of Waste Resources, said.
He explained that there are seven landfills currently in use in Riverside County and all but one are owned by the county.
Metals, plastic and glass bottles, paper and cardboard, green waste and paint can be recycled.
The green cleaning class taught the benefits of using sustainable, environmentally sound cleaning practices. RCDWM volunteer Bestsy Kohler explained how to simplify cleaning products, save money and make the home a safer environment. She demonstrated how to make cleaning products from ingredients most people already have in their home, such as vinegar, baking soda and rubbing alcohol.
The result is simple cleaning products that leave less chemical residue behind on surfaces where food is prepared, children crawl or pets walk.
“The cost of a basic kit – baking soda, borax, distilled water, 70% rubbing alcohol and distilled white vinegar – is $13 oe $14,” Kohler said. “We want cheap; cheap is good.”
The classes were fun, entertaining, educational and enlightening. Questions were answered thoroughly and personal experiences injected into the subject matter.
The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources provides free classes to reduce waste, help preserve valuable space in county sanitary landfills and to reduce the amount of chemical waste residents bring to the Household Hazardous Waste collection program for processing and disposal.
For more information, contact Riverside County Department of Waste Resources at (951) 486-3200 or visit www.rcwaste.org.
Diane Sieker can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.