Solid Waste Reduction

The average person in America generates over 4 pounds of trash every day which equals approximately 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Despite our best efforts to recycle, we still generate too much waste which all too often ends up in landfills.

This creates stress on both our environment and our economy and triggers a need to decrease the amount of waste we generate in the first place. While industrial and manufacturing facilities can make an impressive impact on waste reduction, there are also many simple things that we, as individuals, can do. Here’s how you can help:

Recycle items rather than sending them to the landfill. Keep a recycle bin or bag in your home and work place to place plastic, paper and cans. If you don’t have curbside recycling where you live, find your nearest drop-off center by using Earth911’s convenient recycling locator on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s website.

Recycle unwanted electronics to recover and reuse the product itself or materials like copper, steel, glass that the product contains. Click here to find where to recycle your television, computer or other electronics. 

Buy only what you need. Buy in bulk and/or economy sizes when you shop. Avoid single-serving sizes.

Carry reusable bags to the grocery store or other stores. Use these bags in place of plastic or paper bags that will be thrown away. Reuse the bags each time you shop.

Find a way to reuse items rather than throwing them away. Try using storage containers that you can wash and reuse, rather than using plastic bags and throwing them in the trash.

Give items to charity or sell in a yard sale rather than throwing them away. Sometimes, one person's trash is another person's treasure.

Make smart choices with batteries. Recharge batteries rather than using disposable ones and recycle batteries whenever possible.

Try composting your food scraps. Many local solid waste agencies have compost bins available for home use. It’s easy to compost and you can have your own fertilizer for your plants and landscaping when you’re done.

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