Monday, April 22 is Earth Day. Mountain View’s plastic bag ban will go into effect on that day. Single-use, carry-out bags (plastic bags) won’t be used at any retail businesses, but they will still be allowed at restaurants. There are already 23 other local cities that have this plastic bag ban in effect. If you don’t already have a stash of reusable shopping bags, now is a good time to pick some up. Ava’s Downtown Market & Deli will be giving them away on Earth day. The one with the ILoveMV logo on it in the photo is from Big Frog. I sent them my logo and they printed it on a nice quality shopping bag for me in just a few minutes. I watched the process.
One way that I thought might be a nice way to celebrate earth day is by planting something in the community. I posted a story last month about volunteering to plant trees with Mountain View Trees. You can check their website for dates of upcoming events, but it looks like they don’t have anything planned for that exact date. After all, Earth day is everyday.
Did you know that you can get free compost and mulch at the Sunnyvale Smart Station? It is available to Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Los Altos and Palo Alto residents. You can fill a little bucket or the back of an entire pick-up truck. The Smart Station is open 7 days a week. You can only go once a week, which is actually a lot! I fill a couple of big plastic tubs with the compost, but I’ve seen other people just put some in a little shopping bag. It’s wonderful to add to container-gardens on the balcony of apartments or spread all over your yard. My yard never looked as good as it does right now and I’ve been dumping that compost on it for the last 10 months.
Recology Mountain View collects all the yard waste, along with the rest of our recycling, every other week and they process the yard trimmings into really good quality compost and give it back to us! I see no reason to ever have to buy compost from the garden store.
And speaking of gardening… I keep noticing different articles or videos that talk about guerrilla gardening. Here’s a youtube video about Ron Finley from TEDtalks. People plant a few herbs, or a sunflower or tomato plant, in random little strips of land that aren’t being used by anyone. Usually, the land is owned by the city, so proceed with caution and don't tell them it was my idea. Search on Pinterest or Youtube for more on the subject. It’s a beautiful idea and the free compost will come in handy. Happy Earth Day. Go plant something.