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5 Fun Recycling Projects for the Whole Family


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Compost Bin
You don't have to start this big, but it's something to aspire to!
You don't have to start this big, but it's something to aspire to!
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One of the best ways to recycle on a daily basis is by composting. For gardening novices, composting is when you take certain types of household waste, like banana peels and coffee grounds, and add it to a mixture of brown material, like fallen leaves and green material, like mown grass.

For the actual composting bin, you can use everything from an old vegetable crate to a homemade wooden corral. If a full-sized bin seems like too much to start with, get your operation going with a simple metal bucket and build the bin later. Once you move to the bin, make sure you turn the materials regularly with a pitchfork to keep air in the pile. Get your kids involved in this part because they'll delight in watching the materials break down, as well as seeing dozens of toiling earthworms doing their work. And before you know it you'll have rich, organic soil to feed your garden.