Green Cart program turns organic waste into compost
Organic waste, which makes up about 40 percent of household garbage, can be diverted from the landfill through the City’s voluntary Green Cart program.
When organics enter the landfill cell, anaerobic bacteria begin to break it down, producing methane gas as a byproduct.
Once methane escapes into the air, it absorbs heat from the earth that should be radiated into space, contributing to the warming of the earth’s atmosphere.
When collected from a green cart, organic waste is added to the landfill’s onsite compost pile.
It’s then turned into a valuable soil amendment, used by the City’s Parks department, and given to residents.
The importance of the liver
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body.
It is unique, being the only organ that can regenerate itself to repair damage and can even regrow if partially removed.
Every day, it is involved in our metabolism and protects us from toxic substances. But despite its resiliency, the liver itself also needs to be protected.
What does the liver do?
The liver’s most well-known role is to detoxify toxic substances in the body.
Pesticides, preservatives, alcohol and metabolic waste are diluted by less toxic substances in the liver to prepare them for safe excretion by the kidneys and bowel.
The liver also breaks down hormones like estrogen after they have completed their work.
Another major function of the liver is in regulating the body’s metabolism.
The liver helps to digest fats through the production of bile.
Bile is stored in the gallbladder ready to be used as required and assists in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and calcium.
Fats are oxidized by the liver for energy production.
Further, the liver takes absorbed vitamins from the blood and stores them for use in periods of stress.
Protecting the liver through lifestyle.
You can help protect your liver in the following ways:
Avoid intake of toxic substances.The less toxic substances you take in, the less strain on your liver.
Avoid processed foods, especially fatty foods high in hydrogenated fats.
Too much fat intake contributes to accumulation of fat in the liver.
Avoid overeating. Overeating causes liver fatigue.
Avoid drugs. Drugs, alcohol and caffeine put additional strain on the liver.