We’ve become more aware of the important of the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) over the past few decades. In the 70’s and 80’s, recycling mills began popping up around the country (beginning in Pennsylvania), giving communities a place to process their recyclables. This led to recycling being integrated into local waste removal services. Educational programs were introduced to schools, and America began to embrace the idea of sustainability on a larger scale.
While we have come a long way, we still have a ways to go. New initiatives, such as composting, are being introduced. Composting is in no way a new idea, though. The Roman Empire used composting practices as far back as 23 AD. In the early 1900’s, the idea of composting was modernized for farmers. And today, there is more information on how easy it is to compost in your backyard.
Part of being eco-minded is to become more aware of even the small ways to recycle in the daily parts of your life. Once you start a compost pile, you’ll find that the opportunity to compost is everywhere – including breakfast!
Here are 10 items that you can compost from your breakfast:
- Coffee grounds
- Banana peels
- Orange and grapefruit rinds
- Leftover breakfast cereal
- Tea bags
- Toast crusts
- Potato peels
- Shredded newspaper
Isn’t it amazing that even the newspaper you are finished reading can be thrown into the compost pile? Start with breakfast and then learn ways to compost items from lunch and dinner as well!