The first part in Reducing Landfills is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We have all heard these three words before but many of us are not implementing them. One person generates about 4.5 pounds of trash a day, 75% of that trash can either be reduced, reused, or recycled.
If you have never implemented these steps, reducing is the perfect place to start. Reducing means to make something small. In this case we want to make your trash and the landfill smaller. This can be done a few different ways. When you go to the grocery store bring your own cloth bags to put your groceries in. This reduces the amount of either plastic or paper bags that could have been used. You can keep them in your car whenever you need to stop at the store.
Reusing an item can be very simple also. Give your egg carton or coffee can a second purpose. Almost everything can be given a second life as something else. For example you can use and glass jar, like a pickle jar, and paint it hold different items like cotton swaps or candy. The ideas are endless!
Recycling can be a bit more difficult because it becomes a life style change. Start by getting cans or bins to hold your recycling materials. The amount of items that can be recycling is a long one. You can choose to do just one or many. Most people start off with a bin for paper, plastic, and aluminum. Make sure your recycling bin easy to access by putting them close to your garbage bin. Find out if you neighborhood has a recycling day pick up. If they don’t check out http://1800recycling.com/ to see where you can recycle your things.
Some items like water bottles are be either be reduce, reuse, and recycle. Plastic water bottles can be reduced by getting yourself a nice personalized reusable water bottle instead of throwing away plastic water bottles. They can be reused them to make a bird feeder or recycled to be made into something else.
The amount of things that can be either reduced, reused, or recycled is massive. One website that we have found to have many ideas for all three is Pinterest. You can search for just about anything and people have posted ideas on how to reduce, reuse, or recycle anything. Here’s a personal account we love: http://www.pinterest.com/kc28/reduce-reuse-recycle/