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Inspired Habitat: Compostable vs. Biodegradable…Does it Matter?

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More and more, we see the words “compostable” or “biodegradable” on products. Do those words really mean anything or are they just greenwashing? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Composting is still relatively new in the mainstream with many communities now providing a compost bin along with their trash and recycling bins, and others opening up restrictions on backyard composting.As Americans, we throw away a lot of food and other compostable waste, in fact, compostables make up for a large amount of our municipal solid waste. A sad fact when you consider that all that organic material in a landfill just adds up to more methane emissions.

Maryland Celebrates Bike to Work Day Tomorrow

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The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is urging motorists to share the road and be on the lookout for cyclists, particularly Friday, May 18 which is “National Bike to Work Day.”  With local groups, counties and municipalities around the State sponsoring Bike to Work activities, more bicycle traffic is expected along key routes and local roadways.  Bicycle safety is a two-way street, and cyclists are reminded to follow the rules of the road, to stay visible and wear a helmet.

Partnering with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the City of Baltimore and the Downtown Athletic Center, SHA will host a Bike to Work stop on Friday morning, May 18 between 7 and 9 a.m. at the corner of Guilford and Monument streets near SHA Headquarters.  Twenty-20 Cycle is providing bike tune-ups, and the Merritt Downtown Athletic Center is partnering in logistics and will provide a demonstration of proper stretching technique for cycling warm-ups and cool-downs.

“Bike to Work Day encourages those who might usually ride for recreation and exercise to try an alternate means of commuting. We certainly expect more bicycle traffic than usual Friday, so we’re urging drivers to stay alert, focus and share the road,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “Cycling instead of driving is not only better for your health, it is better for the health of the environmental as well.”  Ms. Peters and Planning and Preliminary Engineering Director Gregory Slater will bike from the Meadowbrook Regional Park in Brooklandville to SHA Headquarters on North Calvert Street.

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