I’ve always said there should not be an “Earth Day”. April 22nd has been designated as this special day but I think you’d agree that it should not be the only day when you take extra care for the planet. And one of the biggest reasons for this is how much waste we create on a daily basis. So when you are trying to do the ‘right’ thing, how can you do it on just one day? We need to make an effort to reduce waste every day.
How much waste do Americans generate?
According to EPA.Gov, in 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling rate. On average, we recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.38 pounds per person per day.
What does EPA recommend? Reduce the amount of waste needing to be disposed of, such as waste prevention, recycling, and composting.
So how do you do that? If you want to help reduce waste, ALWAYS
Refuse :: Reduce :: Reuse :: Repurpose :: Recycle
And these should be done EVERY DAY, not just on Earth Day.
Here are some sobering facts on our waste creation.
What do you REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, REPUROPSE, AND RECYCLE?
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Check out these posts on this topic from Green Sisterhood bloggers HOW TO 5R!
The Greening of Westford – The 5 R’s
Green Talk – 15 Ways to Recycle your Underwear
The Soft Landing – 4 Ways to Reduce Waste
Green 4 U – Teach Kids 5 R’s
Jen and Joey Go Green – Easy Actions to Reduce Waste