Waste Reduction & Recycling

Landscaping Practices


Reducing Waste

    • Slow growing plants
    • Switch pressure-treated wood to plastic lumber
    • Return wooden pallets to supplier
    • Deconstruct structures being replaced
    • Reduce plastic silt fencing and substitute with blankets, berms, filtersocks made of compost
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Reusing Waste

    • Reuse wood in wood pallets
    • Woody waste and tree clippings can be turned into mulch
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Recycling Waste

Compost as Cure-all: Erosion Control
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Compost as Cure-all: Erosion Control United States Environmental Protection Agency
    • Recycle bedding trays and plants containers from annuals and other greenery
    • Recycle plastic containers
    • Provide recycling receptacles
    • Green and food waste to compost facility

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Environmentally Friendly Purchasing

    • Plastic lumber made from recycled products
    • Incorporate rubberized asphalt
    • Purchase patio blocks and lawn edgings containing recycled plastic, rubber
    • Amend soil and turf with high quality compost
    • Use high performance concrete to double lifespan
    • Restructure waste disposal contracts to pay only for waste actually disposed –switch to less frequent pickups

Reference: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/

Additional details on sustainable landscaping »

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Greenscapes: Environmentally Beneficial Landscaping.  US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Voluntary EPA program that provides cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions for large-scale landscaping
    • Encourages companies, government agencies, other entities, and homeowners to make more holistic decisions regarding waste generation and disposal

Information on Greenscapes »

Additional Information on Greenscapes » PDF format

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U.S. Department of the Interior

Greening of the Interior