As a Coloradan, you’re probably aware of the benefits of ecological responsibility and preserving our natural resources. Some of us are concerned about global warming. Others just want to save money on their utility bills. But most of us agree that making the planet sustainable for future generations is a pretty good reason to go green.
Not surprisingly, environmental preservation is the basis for the partnership that shaped BackCountry’s future. More than 25 years ago, the developer of BackCountry agreed with Douglas County, the Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA), and Sand Creek Cattle Co. to preserve the Backcountry Wilderness Area. They wanted to protect it for future generations. And this land adjacent to our residential community is a beautiful place – 460 acres – that amazes, inspires, and reminds us what it truly important.
If you’re looking for ways to work towards a brighter, cleaner future, here are a few suggestions we think most people can incorporate into their daily routine.
Recycle. But recycle responsibly.
The good thing about recycling is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to be a good recycler. But keep in mind improper recycling can introduce impurities that mess up the process. Remember when tossing a bottle or can into a recycling bin that caps and lids can’t be recycled. Neither can pizza boxes or anything else with food waste attached. And that huge chaotic pile of plastic grocery bags? Take that to your local grocer – they have a specific recycling bin for them. Here are some guidelines for recycling in Highlands Ranch.
Make a commitment to stop wasting food
Food waste is a worldwide epidemic, so start finding ways to fight back. Americans, on average, throw away up to 40% of the food they buy. So commit to better food management and start shopping and cooking smarter. Only buy what you need at the store. When cooking at home, turn that uneaten food into leftovers. Donate any excess food to food banks and charity drives. And don’t just throw away food based on expiration dates – these are more about food quality than safety.
Build a compost pile
One way to deal with food waste is to compost. This uses food and yard scraps that would otherwise be thrown away to make a nutrient-rich soil for your garden. In order to make compost, all you need is a location – preferably in your back or side yard, away from street view. A compost bin is not the prettiest structure but the compost will feed your plants essential nutrients and make your soil more fertile. Here are instructions on how to create a compost pile correctly.
When you follow simple ideas like these for greener living, the small changes you make every day can add up to make a difference. We encourage you to educate yourself on ways to lessen our footprint on the environment and see what actions you can afford to make that can help preserve our future.