Last 12 months I wrote a column highlighting the town’s recycling program and a grant we have been awarded from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
I discussed the “reduce, reuse, recycle” motto and the significance of diverting waste away from our overloaded streams. This 12 months I wish to qualify my ideas with a fourth “r” – responsibly. How we select to divert meals, family supplies, hazardous waste and different substances from landfills is as necessary as what we divert. Using the correct containers and practices can help our group promote public well being.
In August 2020, the town created a free meals waste drop-off location at 1525 Goodale Blvd. via a partnership with Compost Clubhouse. Its speedy success reached far past our expectations and required us to double the scale of the positioning throughout the first six months.
While our drop-off website is open 24/7, some residents use a curbside assortment service or compost at their residences. Even when participating in sustainable practices, we encourage everybody to take the correct precautions with meals waste and trash to forestall the presence of undesirable nuisance animals equivalent to rats, raccoons and skunks. Ultimately most undesirable company round our properties and companies seem due to obtainable meals and/or shelter. Securing meals sources in an enclosed space or container and utilizing a trash receptacle with a locking lid is useful for eliminating the meals supply.
Franklin County Public Health offers many assets on stopping vector-borne diseases, together with administration of our mosquito management program. Mosquitoes, identified for carrying the West Nile Virus, want standing water to breed. The quantity of water required is minimal and can embrace hen baths, buckets, pet water bowls, planters or clogged gutters. If all residents take steps to reduce standing water round their property, we can contribute to a smaller mosquito inhabitants.
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For the mosquitoes we’re not capable of stop, our crew with Franklin County units traps to catch and take a look at the mosquitoes caught. When sure standards are met, together with a West Nile Virus constructive consequence, Grandview Heights is positioned on the schedule for spraying the place a contractor sprays after sundown, climate allowing. The information from this 12 months alone exhibits the efficacy of community-wide remedy, which has a fair better consequence once we do our half to forestall alternatives for the mosquito inhabitants to extend. Generally, mosquitoes can persist till the primary arduous frost of the 12 months, so I might encourage you to be conscious of standing water even after temperatures start to chill over the following month.
While a container crammed with water from a current rain on a again porch could not look like a giant deal, it’s a reminder that taking small steps to guard you and your neighbors could find yourself defending your total group. For that we thanks. If you could have questions on the subjects above or need to be taught extra, Franklin County Public Health presents a web-based useful resource myfcph.org/.
Greta Kearns is the mayor of Grandview Heights.