Every day, we generate an awful lot of garbage. Normally, we get rid of everyday items by throwing them in the trash, but this results in large amounts of garbage piling up in landfills week after week. Reducing solid waste in landfills is an important part of reducing our carbon footprint and preserving our natural resources. But you may be wondering what a person can do to reduce waste at the household level. Well, a large amount of waste that is currently sent to landfills can be recycled, composted, reused, and more. Here are a few easy ways that you can help reduce waste in landfills.
Reduce Food Waste
A significant percentage of food goes uneaten in the US every year. A good way to reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills is to make sure that the food in your home goes to good use. Plan grocery shopping around what you know will be eaten in your home, and compost food scraps such as fruit peels, vegetable trimmings, and even egg shells. Leftovers are also an important consideration: instead of throwing uneaten food in the garbage, make a concerted effort to eat your leftovers to avoid creating excess food waste.
Discarded clothing is actually one of the most significant challenges facing landfill waste reduction today. Instead of tossing your old or worn out clothing in the trash, consider donating it instead. Clothing that’s in good shape, especially coats and shoes, can make a big difference at your local clothing donation collection center. This way, you can reduce waste in landfills by making sure that your gently used clothing goes to those in need.
Use Less Packaging
Ultimately, disposable packaging is a huge problem for reducing waste in landfills. It seems that every time you order an item online or pick something up from the store, there’s always excessive packaging. By choosing to buy items with less packaging (or even no unnecessary packaging), you can seriously reduce your impact on landfills. One good way to reduce packaging is to buy in large quantities. By buying food in larger quantities and keeping it frozen, you can reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging you throw away for important staple items in your home.
Avoid Plastic Water Bottles
Plastic water bottles are a huge burden on landfills, with millions entering the waste stream every day. By refusing to buy plastic water bottles and instead using reusable water bottles, you can reduce the impact of hundreds of plastic water bottles every year. Plus, if you use a metal or glass water bottle, you can have peace of mind knowing that your water bottle is low impact and eco-friendly.
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