'Tis the season of lawn bags.
I am a big fan of the Ann Arbor recycling and compost program. It is well organized, comprehensive and a boon to the community, as the EPA tells us: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Hearing that advice my brain immediately qualifies them into first, second, and third levels of importance. Hence, reduce is the top priority. So let us do a list of pros and cons of lawn bags vs. backyard chickens when it comes to garden waste. Lawn bags
- Paper bags need to be made from trees (or post consumer waste), transported, and purchased.
- Garden waste is collected.
- You need two people to effectively cram garden waste into bags.
- A diesel truck idles around the neighborhood picking up the bags.
- Garden waste is composted at Recycle Ann Arbor.
- Chickens need to be fed, housed, and watered.
- Garden waste is hurled over the fence into their run.
Reducing the need to collect and transport garden waste is another boon of having chickens. As an extra bonus you can categorize their favorite treats; so far watermelon and squash rinds are winning over tomato vines in my yard. Here is the article on annarbor.com.