C'mon environmentalist folks. I was hoping to gain more in this process than show off in this effort. For all the enviro's that have loved to hate my
talk over the years here, when walking the talk I would assume to being one-up'd / taken further on many more of my odd little habits I've sigma'd
into progressionally tabulatable results. Feedback and collective developmental progression I've always enjoyed about ATS.
Originally posted by IgnoranceIsntBlisss
Big city livin':
This step is crucial in minimizing trash out out to the fullest. Until I started burning regularly just recently, the concept of zero trash output had
never even been a goal or item of much thought. Now that I burn, right in the heart of the city where its very uncommon, feeding the fuel flow is part
of the goals. Now meats, oils & grease, breading etc are all burned. Generally they make the fire smell just for a spell. I had a can of olive oil go
rancid on me last year so stuck under the sink. Recently I've been using it for starting fuel on occasion when improper kindling ratios are a problem.
Soon the oil will be all poured out, and then I'll be able to put the can in the recycle bins.
Note the pit contents when photo'd: All etc organic waste collected from the yard. My weekly practice, whenever I leave the house vehicularly, is to
scoop up logs and such dumpage across my paths. Many places these enter rot before they're picked up. If they do get picked up, by the city, they get
hauled to municipal composting facilty and turned to use.
THE QUESTION THIS DISCUSSION HAS WARRANTED: Chemically, environmentally, does me picking up random logs along with burning slow-composting materials
from this property and turning into fertilizer via fire, when I'm 1 in maybe a 1000 that has this little fire 1-4 times per week and surely the most
avid 'gardener' in that radius, is my existence a plus, a fence, or a negative, by this metric alone?
FOR FAIRNESS: I'll add that I do use some easy-to-compost materials sometimes as kindling to ensure a properly staged methane release & ignition
structure that might best endure into a steady non-stopingly pleasant arsonic reaction.
Now I'll add that this municipal composting facility, I've never seen a product anywhere labeled as being the product of such. However, theres a local
landscape supply that sells this so-called "planting soil", which I'm convinced is a mix between yard pickup compost, and water treatment plant
'compost'. The result is what I call "swamp muck". It's a disaster to use here in containers. Takes so much mix-ins to even get a soil that is good on
plants for beyond 3 straight months, especially considering how HOT black pots here will get during such period.
However, in the ground, in our 'crap' sand 'soil', mixed in as topsoil, its quite good.
Our very existence, especially utilizing mass produced
fertilizers to drive much plant growth and the food we eat which can
produce usefil fertilization of inhabited soils, does
plants of this world in general to thrive more and help make this world much more forgiving -for whatever our actual impacts truly are-. We should be
able to expect some plateau where the nutrients we've 'mined' will find this world a balance where with proper composting the earth is more and more
(this word trancends the concept of nutrients alone here) enabling us to less and less need 'more fertilizer'.
I look at that Mississippi delta 'dead zone', I dont just see tragic habitat alterations, I see losses of different sorts as well: Businesses, homes
and agriculture-proper are dumping those nutrients down the drain. Quite literally dumping investments down the drain. Maybe taking out loans to do
it. Maybe with better soil testing the world wouldnt need to spend so much on N's that are excessive and will pour down some municipal drain on into
the ocean? Maybe that's the trendy new green job: the community nutrient soil tester for hire guy.
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