Waste Reduction

Composting With Worms (Vermicomposting)​

 Composting is an easy way you can turn food scraps and other organic waste material into a soil amendment that is full of nutrients, and you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Food waste breaking down in landfills produces methane, which has almost 25 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide.

Compost is an excellent soil amendment in your landscape or garden. You can save money by producing it at home. Vermicomposting uses worms in a contained system to produce compost. It makes composting feasible for people in apartments and condominiums or who have limited or no outdoor space.

To learn more about vermicomposting, see the presentation slides from the joint vermicomposting workshop held on June 1, 2019, for residents of the Cities of Hollywood and Hallandale Beach.

Vermicomposting Workshop Presentation 2019

Vermicomposting Presentation 2019

Go Zero Waste!

On November 14, 2017, in honor of America Recycles Day, the City of Hollywood and the City of Hallandale Beach teamed up to host a workshop aimed at empowering residents of the two cities to reduce waste.

Check out the resources below to learn:

  • why zero waste should be a goal
  • what impact waste has on the environment, particularly marine systems
  • how to recycle right
  • why recycling isn't always the answer
  • how to determine where you can reduce waste by conducting a home waste audit
  • real strategies to reduce waste
  • do-it-yourself recipes for commonly purchased items to reduce waste from packaging, save money, and be healthy 

Workshop resources:

Workshop Presentation - The presentation goes through the reasons to go zero waste, the impact of marine debris, the pros and cons of recycling, instructions for how to recycle right, and some inspiring leaders in the zero waste world.

At Home Waste Audit - Grab your trash bins, a tarp, a pencil and get your hands dirty to figure out the best ways you can reduce waste. After all, you can't manage what you don't measure!

Zero Waste Pledge - Commit to going zero waste. Take the pledge and choose from the ideas listed to get yourself started.

DIY Instruction Book - Learn how to reduce waste, save money, and improve your health by making your own commonly purchased cleaning supplies, toiletries, and food items. Read advice on how to take your own containers to buy dry goods in bulk.

Hollywood Recycling Resources

Commercial Recycling Guide. All commercial establishments and multi-family properties MUST have a recycling program in accordance with Chapter 50 of the City's Code of Ordinances. This guide provides step by step instructions to initiating the program.

Residential Recycling. Residents who are Hollywood Sanitation customers can use this site to learn their collection schedule and understand acceptable materials.

Disposal and Recycling Directory. Learn how to properly recycle or dispose of any item. 

Recycle Plastic Bags and Plastic Film. Participating drop-off locations will take a wide variety of plastic film like zip-top bags, bubble wrap and bread bags along with plastic shopping bags.

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Have you implemented some of the actions or ideas from the Zero Waste workshop? Share your efforts on social media and tag with #seenbeinggreen!