Did you know the United States is the number one trash-producing country in the world? Most of our trash ends up in landfills where some will last for hundreds of years before it degrades, if ever. Scientists speculate on how damaging this over-production of trash will be and are concerned with public health impacts and environmental pollution.
It’s a grim picture but there is a solution and you can be part of it.
Practicing the three Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle — is a simple and easy way to make a difference in saving the planet for a brighter today and tomorrow.
Here are 7 ways to save the planet every day:
- Get informed about recycling. Educate yourself. Do the research. Nearly every city in America (and most suburban and rural areas) participates in some type of recycling program. Start by checking on your community’s website for the service department and search from there. You’re likely to find the rules for your neighborhood as well as links to helpful information. For example, in Logan County, the Logan County Solid Waste District presides over public education for recycling and manages the website LoganCountyRecycles.com. Visitors can search for their community’s rules or look for specific items on the site’s “What Can I Do With This?” directory.
- Lead by example. Once you know the rules, don’t be a know-it-all, instead, show what you know. Use your own living space as an example by placing well-marked recycling bins next to trash cans. Post recycling rules on the refrigerator or somewhere prominent.
- Do a family waste audit for a weekend and see how much trash you generate. Then think of how you can cut back on your trash production such as buying in bulk, mending things when they get broken and recycling more.
- Think of creative reuse projects for used items such as clothing, cardboard and metal cans. The trend is called upcycling and it’s all about transforming old into new. Simply search “reuse projects” on Pinterest and the possibilities are limitless.
- Join a social media community. Share a post. Do a story. Get engaged with the social media accounts in your community. You’ll find Logan County’s accounts located here: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- Familiarize yourself with national recycling advocacy organizations such as Keep America Beautiful, Earth911 and take the Recycling Pledge.
- Rethink your purchases. Do you really need something new when what you have will suffice? Next time you go out to eat, try rethinking your drinking straw? Is it really necessary?
Once you’ve got the hang of recycling, you can also learn about various other eco-friendly topics from composting to zero-waste lifestyles. There’s seemingly no end to the ways we can reduce, reuse and recycle for a cleaner and greener today and tomorrow.