The Upper Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council is dedicated to exploring and promoting ways to create a more environmentally protective and sustainable community, while providing support and advice to the Township’s Board of Supervisors, Commissions, and other personnel. One of their overall goals is to improve environmental awareness by providing tips for Upper Merion residents.
Additionally, the EAC will be giving away compost bins and rain barrels to township residents who enter their free raffle at the Upper Merion Farmers Market. Just stop by their table on August 4, September 8, or October 13 to enter the raffle!
There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Foremost, rain barrels reduce stormwater runoff. This is water that does not soak into the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways. The rainwater harvested in the barrel can be used for watering lawns, gardens, potted plants, and for washing off patio furniture and tools. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rainwater make it far better than tap water, which has chlorine and fluoride in it. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers. Want to learn more? Compare the different types available.
Organic waste comprises 30 percent of the household trash going into landfills and incinerators, where it has no chance to decompose and offers very little BTU value. Homeowners who compost not only extend the life of our landfills and reduce the cost of collecting household garbage, but also recycle the nutrients in organic waste to create a valuable soil amendment for their gardens. Want to learn more? Stop by the Farmers Market to see how you can win a FREE compost bin and check out this cool video.
Reusable Water Bottles
Less than 20% of plastic water bottles get recycled after a single use. Instead of buying plastic bottles, drink from the tap or purchase a reusable water bottle. If you must use plastic water bottles, always recycle them!
Mulching Grass Clippings
Did you know? Grass clippings should be mulched back into the lawn whenever possible. The benefits of using fresh grass clippings as mulch include: cooling the root zone, conserving moisture, preventing some weeds, and adding back up to 25% of the nutrients that growth removes from the soil. By recycling your lawn clippings, you can save money, time, and resources! If you’re interested in recycling your grass clippings, you can learn more about the composting or mulching process online.
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