Waste Reduction

What’s the problem, babuh?

We’re wasting enormous amounts of energy, resources and landfill space instead of reducing, reusing and recycling.

What’s the solution, babuh?

  • Reduce - Waste reduction is not creating waste in the first place. It includes many actions that not only reduce the overall amount but also the danger of the waste created.
  • Reuse - Reuse involves using something again, often for a different purpose and usually as an alternative to throwing it away.
  • Recycle – Recycling is creating new products from stuff you would otherwise throw away.
  • Buy Recycled - By buying recycled you help “close the recycling loop” by putting the materials collected through recycling programs back to good use as products in the marketplace. Help create the demand for recycled-content products by requesting them when shopping. Make sure you purchase products with the highest post-consumer content which come from materials that have been used and recycled by consumers.
  • Compost – Composting involves diverting food waste and yard trimmings (30% of household trash) from the landfill by using a compost bin  or a curbside or drop-off service.

Where can I learn more, babuh?

  • Earth911 - Earth911 helps consumers find local recycling information through the largest and most accurate recycling directory in the U.S.
  • EcoMall  - Source for recycled-content products.
  • RecycleSpot.org  - Kansas City metro area’s one-stop spot for recycling, reuse and waste reduction information.
  • US Composting Council - National, non-profit trade and professional organization promoting the recycling of organic materials through composting.

Got other great Web links? Send me an email, man, and I’ll get ‘em posted (provided I like what you send me, of course).

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