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How to Practice Solid Waste Reduction at Home

Posted on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that each person in the U.S. generates roughly 4.4 pounds of waste every day, an increase of over 20% since 1980. Trash disposal companies in Connecticut shift millions of tons every year. All that trash is building up to an environmental disaster as suitable space for landfills begins to run short. By committing to solid waste reduction at home, you are helping to preserve the planet for future generations.

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Trash Removal Connecticut: Reducing Solid Waste in the Home

The strategy for solid waste reduction at home can be broken down into three major principles, which are sometimes known as the "3 Rs".

Reduce

Reducing the amount of unnecessary material that you bring into your home automatically reduces the amount of trash you throw away. Products in the shops are over-packaged: they are often unnecessarily coated in plastic or blister-packed onto a large piece of cardboard for no other purpose than to better catch your eye. When choosing your products, always go for the option with the least packaging.

For example, when buying groceries, choose loose onions, mushrooms or tomatoes rather than ones that come pre-packaged in a plastic tray. Buying in bulk is another good way of reducing your solid household waste as you will have fewer containers to throw away.

Reuse

Reusing bags, cups, and containers reduces the amount of trash your family generates. Instead of using plastic or paper bags to carry your groceries home from the store and then throwing them away, invest in a sturdy cloth bag and use it every time you go shopping. Take a porcelain mug to work rather than using disposal cups. By making small changes such as these, you can significantly cut the amount you throw away.

Recycle

Before you throw anything away, stop and ask yourself whether it can be recycled. Trash removal Connecticut services recycle paper, bottles, scrap metal and cans. The recovered material can then be used to make new products, reducing both the amount of waste sent to landfill and the demand on precious resources. You could also recycle kitchen waste yourself, by setting up a compost pile in your garden.

Key Takeaways:

  • Remember the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Avoid buying items with unnecessary packaging.
  • Reuse cups, bags, and food containers instead of using disposable products.
  • Paper, metal, glass and kitchen waste can all be recycled.

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