recycling xmasThe Ohio EPA report that 25% more trash is thrown away at the holidays. There are so many ways to reduce, reuse and recycle this holiday season! Check out this Green Holiday Guide from our partners at SWACO to learn about ways you can make a difference this holiday season!

In addition, here are some tips from the EPA for reducing waste in your lawn and garden

  • Learn to compost at home. Use food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic wastes to create a compost pile. Adding the compost you make to soil increases water retention, decreases erosion, and keeps organic materials out of landfills.
  • Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower during hot summer months to keep grass roots shaded and cooler, reducing weed growth, browning, and the need for watering.
  • If you need large lawn and garden equipment such as tillers and chainsaws, you can reduce waste (and save money) by setting up a sharing program with your neighbors.
  • When you mow, “grasscycle” by leaving grass clippings on your lawn instead of bagging then. The clippings will return nutrients to the soil instead of taking up space in landfills.
  • Donate healthy plants that you want to replace to community gardens, parks and schools.
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, save your ashes instead of throwing them away. Once cooled, wood ashes can be mixed into your compost heap and provide nutrients to your garden.

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Educators & Youth Leaders

Join teachers, environmental educators, and naturalists, as we explore, explain and experience the value, variety, and vulnerability of our natural resources through a series of interactive workshops. The workshops are coordinated by the Delaware and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Delaware County Preservation Parks. Each workshop is a two-day session,  including: instructor led activities, presentations by field professionals, field trips, participant driven learning and evaluation. All curricular materials are adaptable for many age groups. A continental breakfast with beverages will be provided but we do ask that you bring your own lunch. Read More

Landowners

Leaf it on Your Lawn

Grass clippings and leaves return nutrients and organic matter to your lawn and soil, and prevent soil compaction caused by rain and foot traffic. Too many? Instead of bagging them, use excess leaf material in garden beds or add it to your compost bin for a good carbon (“brown”) source. Dead leaves also provide cover for wildlife during the colder months. According the National Wildlife Federation, “Removing leaves also eliminates vital wildlife habitat. Critters ranging from turtles and toads to birds, mammals and invertebrates rely on leaf litter for food, shelter and nesting material. Many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring.”* Are you eligible for a rebate on your compost bin, native plants, or rain barrel? Check communitybackyards.org.

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Local Governments

This year, we have two (2) open seats for our Board of Supervisors who will be elected to a three year term beginning January 2018. Continue reading to find out more information on each of the three (3) candidates. Residents or landowners, firms and corporations that own land or occupy land in Franklin County and are 18 years of age or older may vote for supervisors. A non-resident landowner, firm or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

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