What is Grasscycling?
Grasscycling is the natural recycling of grass by leaving the clippings on the lawn when mowing. Grass clippings decompose quickly and release valuable nutrients back into your lawn. It’s simple, and it works! Grass clippings make up a big part of California’s waste during the growing season. To keep these out of the waste stream, try grasscycling!
Grasscycling provides free fertilizer and helps make lawns greener and healthier. Grasscycling reduces turf grass fertilizer and water requirements, which can reduce the toxic runoff that enters storm drains and pollutes creeks and rivers. Grasscycling reduces mowing time too since it eliminates the need to bag and dispose of clippings.
Grasscycling also reduces the amount of yard waste disposed in landfills. Lawns can generate 300 pounds of grass clippings per 1000 square feet annually. For more information on grasscycling from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, visit www.ciwmb.ca.gov.
Backyard composting is nature’s way of recycling. Composting is fun, easy and educational. Decomposed organic material such as leaves, grass clippings, twigs, fruit and vegetables make a great soil conditioner. Compost made from leaves and yard trimmings is great for your landscaping. To learn more about composting, visit www.ciwmb.ca.gov. or the “Master Gardener’s of Fresno County” website.
- 9 Steps to Start an Organic Garden (greenerideal.com)
- Step Up Your Recycling Efforts: Composting, It’s Easier Than You Think! (cleansd.wordpress.com)
- How to compost ; (hys28gysyraftm.wordpress.com)
Hey Kids and Teachers!
Recycle Rex here inviting you to take my “Recycle Challenge!” My friends at Keep California Beautiful, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), and I would like to challenge your class to see how many aluminum and plastic California Redemption Value (CRV) beverage containers you can collect and recycle! Visit the Keep California Beautiful website to find out how your class can participate! Keep recycling!
Congratulations to the “2011” Recycle Challenge Top Five!
- Lincoln Elementary of Ventura: Mrs. Nicholls’ Kindergarten and Ms. Barnhizer’s Kindergarten – 70,907 containers. Lincoln Elementary’s Success Story (PDF, 141 KB)
- Truman Benedict Elementary School of San Clemente: Kindergarten – 5th graders – 68,698 containers.
- Oak Grove Elementary of Aliso Viejo: Mrs. Lee’s 5th graders – 35,447 containers.
- Tijeras Creek Elementary School of Rancho Santa Margarita: Mrs. Morgan’s 5th graders – 31,602 containers.
- Vallecito Elementary of San Rafael: Mr. Miller’s 4th/5th split class – 24,252 containers.
High speed internet access is required for the following movie:
- Elementary Student Effort Prompts International Corporation To Recycle (4goodnews.wordpress.com)
- 30,000 first graders receive books to take home (KOB.com)
- Designing a Reuse Symbol and the Challenge of Recycling’s Legacy (discardstudies.wordpress.com)