There are a few things we love to raise: our children, money for charity, the roof. One thing we don’t love to raise? The height of landfills.
Earlier this month, leaders in Burnsville approved a plan to raise the city’s landfill height by more than 250 feet. This will be an eyesore for residents of Burnsville and Bloomington, but we also have concerns about the potential environmental impact.
The idea of throwing things into a landfill makes us weep, especially when people throw recyclables and compostables into the trash. In 2015, over half of the items in landfills could have been recycled or composted.
Raising the landfill could be a problem, but it’s only a symptom of a much bigger issue. There’s too much waste happening in the world. If you want to help keep landfills lower, there are some things you can do:
1) Recycle plastics, metal, glass, paper, and cartons. There are exceptions for what you can recycle at home. Learn more in this guide to in-home recycling.
2) Bring any old and broken appliances to a recycling center. This includes dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, and so much more. Appliances rotting in landfills wreak havoc on the ozone and the environment in general.
3) Compost leaves, grass trimmings, fruit and vegetables, and tree branches. Learn more with the EPA’s guide to composting at home.
We really dig recycling. We like it so much, in fact, that if you don’t have time to drop off at our warehouse in Burnsville, we’ll gladly come to you. Our fleet of trucks run routes across the Twin Cities every week, making both in-home and curbside pickups.
Just request a pickup by filling out the form below and we’ll handle the rest, or call us directly at 952-894-1448.