The average American throws away four pounds of garbage a day. But with a little effort, you can whittle your waste way down.
You will need
- A compost heap
- Reusable shopping totes
- Recycling bins
Step 1 Avoid packaging Vote with your wallet: purchase goods with little or no packaging. Avoid buying food with unnecessary wrapping—especially Styrofoam or plastic—such as pre-packaged fruits and vegetables.
Whenever possible, buy in bulk—you’ll save money and the planet.
Step 2 Start a compost Instead of throwing out coffee grounds, eggshells, tea bags, and produce scraps, save them in a bucket near your garbage can and periodically add them to a backyard compost.
Some cities offer curbside pickup for compost-friendly food and yard scraps.
Step 3 Save on bags Ask the cashier not to double-bag. Better yet, bring your own reusable totes.
Step 4 Recycle Recycle as much glass, paper, and plastic as you can.
Step 5 Limit take out Limit take-out food, which is very packaging-intensive. If you do order take-out, find a way to re-use the packaging. That’s it – 5 easy ways to reduce your garbage output.
Did You Know:
Wal-Mart expects to save 3.4 billion dollars and 700,000 tons of CO2 by encouraging suppliers to cut unnecessary packaging.