Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We are now into 2018. Last month, we challenged you to make 2018 a “greener” year. We would love to hear from you about how you are living up to this challenge.
Over the next few weeks I will be writing about the 3R’s: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. This is a common phrase among environmentalists, but what do these terms mean and why should we care? How do these three words relate to the trash we generate every day?
The City of Lebanon is fortunate to have its own landfill. Our landfill allows the region to stabilize waste disposal costs, control disposal options, encourage waste reduction, and will someday generate electricity. To preserve this disposal resource, waste reduction and diversion are critical.
This week we are focusing on the first R: REDUCE. Reducing waste seems like an obvious place to start but waste reduction can be tricky and requires a bit of planning.
A simple way to reduce waste is to look at the packaging of the items you purchase. Does an item come in multiple packages? For example, cold cereal is often sold in bags packaged inside of boxes. However, if you buy cold cereal that is packaged in bags only, you will reduce the amount of waste created - no more box. If you bring your own bag and buy cereal from the bulk food section of your local grocery store, you will reduce waste even more.
Another example of reducing waste by making different purchasing choices would be with juice. Instead of buying premade juice in large, bulky containers, you could buy juice concentrate and make it at home using a refillable bottle.
Many companies such as Pepsi, Coke, and Stoneyfield Yogurt, are also learning the value of reducing waste by reducing the amount of material they use to produce packaging. This process, called lightweighting, makes their packaging thinner.
How can you REDUCE the amount of waste you send to the landfill? Please share what you are doing to help reduce, reuse, and recycle your waste.
Solid Waste Manager