On May 21, the Mount Rainier Green Team and the Mount Rainier Bike Coop host the first Bike To Work Day at the soon to be remodeled Mount Rainier Bike Coop. It was a great opportunity for those working from home to get back into bike commuting and essential workers to meet up with other bikers as traffic picks back up. A great time was had by all and nearly 50 people signed up for the inaugural pitstop in Mount Rainier.
The City Council passed a resolution to commit Mount Rainier to become net zero emissions for municipal operations. We will be having a Green Team Climate Workgroup meeting to develop materials and strategize in order to make sure a new City Manager can move forward with implementation. The meeting will be held on Zoom on April 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. The information for attending the meeting is below.
The Green Team is working on a program that would allow residents to sign up for FREE curbside compost pick-up. If you are interested in participating in this program, or would like more information about it, please fill out an interest survey here: http://bit.ly/compostsurveymtr
Compost is simply decayed organic matter, and it’s great for rich, garden soil. Most of the items we throw away can be used for backyard compost, including fruit and vegetable scraps, yard waste, eggshells, coffee grounds, tea bags, newspaper, cardboard, and even dryer lint. The brand-new Prince George’s County Composting Facility can also take meat and bones, dairy products, compostable dinnerware, cardboard ice-cream containers, soiled pizza boxes, and much more.
Can composting save money?
Yes! Composting is MUCH more economical than throwing everything into a landfill. Organic matter is heavy and thus expensive to throw away. About 853,000 pounds of compostable waste is thrown away every year in Mount Rainier. That costs our city over $25,000 per year.
Does composting help the environment?
Yes! Composting keeps organic matter out of landfills, where it would otherwise break down into greenhouse gases. Compost also enriches our soils naturally, so harsh chemical fertilizer applications can be avoided. Composting keeps our air cleaner and healthier to breathe, because it captures and eliminate 99.6% of volatile organic compounds from the atmosphere. And compost acts as a “carbon sink” by sequestering carbon in the dirt, thus further reducing greenhouse gases.
How can I compost?
For now, your main option is to build or purchase and maintain your own compost bin in your yard. However, the Green Team is working on a program that would allow residents to sign up for FREE curbside compost pick-up. If you are interested in participating in this program, or would like more information about it, please fill out an interest survey here: http://bit.ly/compostsurveymtr
The Green Team is hosting its monthly meeting on Monday, 6/10 at City Hall from 7-9 PM. We will be talking about updates to bike and pedestrian paths, composting and recycling education and planning for summer events.
You can also send us a message if you are interested in learning more, but cannot make the meeting