Thank you for your articles on recycling and composting [“Can Austin Waste Not?
,” News, Jan. 18]. I started composting a few weeks ago using something called the Sun-Mar 200 that we bought at Eco-Wise. It makes composting very easy. We stuffed a bunch of dry leaves in there, and now we just throw our food scraps on top, and it all mixes together. The door slides shut and keeps out any pests. Doing that, we have cut our curbside garbage by nearly half. We also started separating paper-board, and we take that down to Ecology Action when we fill a large box. The last thing we did was start bringing reusable bags for all our shopping. That cut down on the tons of plastic bags we normally collect. It is really exciting to see the difference a couple of changes can make. We hope to expand our efforts as the year goes on. Just wanted to encourage the environmental journalism you are doing. It helps bring about more attention to a really important issue. Also loved the energy challenge last summer [Kill-a-Watt Challenge
]. Keep up the great work.