For a Greener Hill: Neighbors
by Jessica Miller (Emery Street) | This column provides tips on reducing waste while saving money.
There are many ways to reduce one’s waste and save money when you team up with a friend, and even more with a neighbor. Knowing your neighbors is personally and socially enriching, but if you find like-minded neighbors, that partnership will be enjoyable and profitable. Here are some ideas that have been inspired by my own neighbors.
- Garbage removal: if you have managed to reduce your waste, you probably don’t have more than 1 or 2 trash bags to be hauled weekly. See if your neighbor wants to share your trash can and split the cost.
- If you have a small household or don’t want to cook s lot in the summer, split the cost and produce from a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership.
- Rent big machines together and till your garden or wash your carpets the same day.
- Ask your neighbors when you are looking for items that are usually discarded (such as cardboard boxes, wire hangers, rags, containers that can be turned into planters). A neighbor may have some, or will know someone who has.
- Trade items (fruit and vegetables from the garden) and services (mowing, pet sitting, snow blowing, sewing, etc.).