Reduce means finding ways to decrease, or lessen, the amount of garbage we throw away.
Why this is important? Because we are running out of landfill space to put our garbage! (Have you checked out Glenn’s? Barf.)
You can REDUCE trash by…1. Buying items that use LITTLE or NO packaging (fyi – to package, use saran wrap, instead of tape bc you can recycle it and it packages things safer/better). This reduces the amount of material used to make packaging, and cuts down the amount of trash we produce. Keep in mind, most packaging used is made out of paper or cardboard, which can be recycled!
Benefits of Recycling
Most of the reasons we recycle are environmental, although some are economic. These include:
Too Much Garbage
One of the main reasons for recycling is to reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills. Landfill usage peaked in the 1980s, when Americans sent almost 150 million tons (136.08 million metric tons) of garbage to landfills each year. Today, we still dump more than 100 million tons (90.719 million metric tons) of trash into landfills annually [source: Hall]. Even though modern sanitary landfills are safer and less of a nuisance than the open dumps of the past, no one likes having a landfill around.