Residents of the OHIO Ecohouse are encouraged to reduce their landfilled waste as much as possible. This can be difficult for many people, so we begin with the 3Rs of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But, through composting, residents can take the third "R" a step further.
Reduce: Source Reduction is the most important behavior in reducing landfilled waste. Residents are asked to think critically about their purchasing power. By analyzing whether or not a purchase is needed, we can easily reduce the amount of products we buy and, in turn, the packaging those items come in.
Reuse: In the case where a product is deemed necessary, reuse is a necessary practice. Residents are asked to get creative with their reuse efforts by donating unneeded items to thrift stores, using boxes from packaging for storage or class projects and much more. It's important for us to creatively use the items in our lives in order to ensure the products are being used to their fullest ability.
Recycle: Once an item reaches the end of its life, it is important to responsibly dispose of the items. Many households, including the Ecohouse, recycle plastics, paper, glass and aluminum. Weekly road-side pick-up is offered to our residents for such recycling practices. Additionally, residents compost organic wastes such as food scraps and landscape waste.
Composting is a process where organic matter decomposes at an accelerated rate. This is different from biodegrading because composting is accelerated due to a higher temperature and controlled environment. This is an aerobic process that requires the correct carbon to nitrogen ratio for proper breakdown to occur. Composting is temperature dependent and determines the speed at which the material breaks down. The Ecohouse is home to three different composting systems:
All three of the above options are viable options for any home composter. Supplies can be found locally.