Go Green Park Ridge asked Vanessa about her role in stepping up to be our "Point Person" to get commercial composting up and running in Park Ridge! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can get bi-weekly pickup for compostables at YOUR residence!
GGPR: Do you see an important connection with the role you play in spreading awareness of composting and our future on this planet? Would you like others in our community to know more about your efforts?
Vanessa: As a city kid, I never really had a relationship with growing food or thinking about how to use food waste to best impact the planet. It wasn't until moving to Park Ridge three years ago that we started with a few tomato plants and began to understand how valuable compost can be to the growing process. We began to compost ourselves and our food gardens have expanded to take over almost all of the border areas of our yard. Seeing how much of our daily waste was able to be composted instead of being thrown away was eye opening. As I heard about other communities piloting commercial composting programs and the additional waste items that can be composted commercially, I was excited. Thankfully, Go Green Park Ridge was able provide some experience and know-how to help us begin our own pilot. With so many issues facing our planet today, it is sometimes difficult to feel you can impact anything on your own. It was a wonderful experience to see my small efforts translate into something tangible and I feel lucky to live in such a great community.
Meet Maureen Woods Hartwig: Park ridge change maker! Maureen was the volunteer energy behind the political sign collection for recycling after the park ridge elections last April
Do you see an important connection with the role you played in the yard sign collection and our future on this planet? Would you like others in our community to know more about your efforts?
The sign recycling signified a small way individuals could help make a difference. Before this project, I hadn't really considered the environmental impact of all these yard signs. It made me think about the ways we can all participate in helping the planet. I feel like recycling is best utilized when it is accessible and simple. Seeing how so many folks came together to make the sign recycling possible, it made me think that it is possible to continue making a difference in many small ways to help our environment.
I would like others to know about this program because I hope awareness can continue to build for future election cycles. It would be great if folks just "knew" to recycle their yard signs after each election. Also, the biggest takeaway for me was how teamwork made the whole recycling program more manageable and transferable to other environmental ideas in our community.
Take a look at what your neighbors are doing for Park Ridge sustainability!