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The contents of your trash may show how you could be wasting money and Earth's resources

A woman wheeling a wheelbarrow full of leaves and grass clippings to a compost pile.

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5. Lawn clippings

 

Grass clippings and other organic material from the yard should always be returned to nature via the compost pile rather than entombed in a plastic bag and sent to the landfill, where experts say it will take 500 years — give or take a century or two — for them to decompose in their plastic covering.

Also, consider reducing the size of your lawn by covering part of it with mulch or planting a low maintenance ground cover. Lawns are hard on our wallets and hard on the environment, what with all of the fertilizers, pesticides and water they require.

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