The average person in America generates over 4 pounds of trash every day which equals approximately 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. 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.
We can help reduce the amount of waste we produce by making smart decisions about what we buy and how we get the most out of our purchases. We can also strive to reuse items and give them a second life rather than simply throwing things away.
Then when it’s finally time to throw something away, to recycle is the better option. Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment.