One of the joys of being Mayor is having the opportunity to come into contact with the youth in Emerald Isle. Our kids are doing a lot of great stuff.
Every year, I get a couple of papers that are written for a high school class about a subject that they think is important for Town government. The one I received this year is from Darby Oehl a senior at Croatan High School. In that paper, she discusses the many benefits of composting and her experience with composting in Germany. Her father is a Marine and the family resided in Germany for several years. In Germany families are required to separate trash into general trash, recyclables, and compost; and all three are picked up by the trash contractor. I don’t see that happening in Emerald Isle, but I thought she had a lot of good ideas about the benefits of composting that I wanted to share. My hope is that individuals will start a composting pile of their own.
As I stated earlier, from Darby’s experience and research, composting is a fairly common thing in Europe. Just as recycling helps the environment, composting is also a big help to the environment. In some situations, people do not select the environmental alternative, because it is more expensive. That is not the case with composting. There is no out-of-pocket expense for composting, and it saves money by reducing the need for fertilizer, pesticides, and water. By recycling banana peels, apple cores, coffee grounds, month-old jack-o-lanterns, other food waste, etc we can each help create compost that is very healthy for the soil. Compost enriches the soil by helping it retain its moisture and increase its nutrient content. Compost is great for growing bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter; and reduces the need for fertilizer and the resulting runoff into our coastal waters. Recycling of compost reduces the size of our “carbon footprint” by steering clear of the production of methane, as well as the leachate formulation that takes place in landfills. I am sure some people in Emerald Isle compost now, and I hope more are persuaded by Darby’s comments to start composting.
Thank you Darby for bringing this to our attention and best of luck to you in your future endeavors. Emerald Isle is fortunate to have many talented young people.
This year Emerald Isle’s Summer Concert Series will be called EmeraldFest. The events will be coordinated with SwanFest through the Seaside Arts Council. EmeraldFest will take place at the Western Ocean Regional Access at 6:30 PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of June, July, August, and September. SwanFest will take pace at the Amphitheater in Swansboro on Sunday nights at 6:30 PM starting in mid-May and running through mid-September. More information later after we have finished lining up all of the sponsors and entertainers. Should be a great time.