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Posted by: harrisandyou | July 25, 2012

Green Waste

I live in an apartment complex in Orange County. Today I witnessed the landscape company destroying perfectly good plants so they could take them out and put in different plants.  When I asked the landscaper what they would do with the plants they took out, he showed me they had destroyed the roots and stems when digging them out.  He told me the plants would be thrown away.  I asked him if they would put them into a green waste recycling bin and he repeated that they would be thrown away.

What a waste of plants, a waste of money and a detriment to the environment! The landfills are filling up quickly and for a developer, landscaper, property management company to not want to reduce waste and/or reuse the plants is mind boggling. Is this really necessary?  If the plants were diseased maybe it would make sense but they were healthy, vibrant plants and bushes.

I just emailed the company and I hope to hear back.  Companies need to be just as proactive as individuals at reducing their ecological footprint.  This does not only apply to trash and recycling but green waste as well.  Could these plants not be put into a compost bin?  If they were put into compost the plants could still do some good.  Can’t we stop and think about the environment and see alternatives that will be better for the planet?

Okay I will get off my soap box now. Thank you for reading!

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