The United States generates an enormous amount of trash. In fact, the United States generates roughly 250 million tons of trash each year, which is equal to 4.6 pounds of trash, per day, per person! Of this 230 million tons, less than one-quarter of it is recycled, with the other three quarters ending up in landfills or being incinerated. With so much trash being thrown away, it is important to remember that we could be recycling far more as a society. Take a look at our blog to learn more about how you can more responsibly dispose of your unwanted possessions.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
The most important thing you can do to cut down on waste is to recycle as much as possible. While years of awareness have resulted in improved recycling rates, as a country we throw away a tremendous amount of waste that could simply be recycled. Recycling not only reduces the amount of waste that we throw in landfills, it is also far more energy efficient to recycle than it is to produce new materials. If you’re interested in reducing the waste you create, paying attention to how much you recycle is a great first step.
Another option for reducing your waste is to compost. People often throw away a lot of food scraps that could be going to good use, particularly if you have a green thumb. Plants thrive in compost, and if you find that you’re throwing away a lot of organic waste, like eggshells, tea & coffee grounds, grass clippings, and other organic waste, creating a compost pile could help you put that waste to good use. Even if you never use your compost pile for your plants, it will still nourish the soil around the compost pile itself, and it will go to better use than if you were throwing that organic waste into a landfill.
Dispose of Electronics Responsibly
Finally, it is important to know how to properly dispose of your electronic waste. Technology is constantly improving, which means there is a large amount of outdated technology that needs to be recycled, but unfortunately, very little of this technology is recycled. When electronics aren’t recycled, it leads to dangerous materials finding their way into the soil surrounding landfills.
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