disposal costs the U.S. more than $10 billion a year!
of us produces about 5 pounds of trash a day; 1800 pounds
landfill 65%, incinerate 10%, and recycle 25% of our trash.
half of what we throw away is recyclable!
accounts for 33% of municipal waste, 65% of which is landfilled!
we buy only the products we need, with the least amount
of packaging, and use only recycled or recyclable packaging,
we send less trash to the landfills and incinerators, and
help protect the environment!
an Environmental Shopper and reduce the trash we dispose
of by as much as 50%!
the disposal habit!
Learn the 5-R's:
the amount of waste we produce
as much as possible
over-packaging and products that are hazardous
to the environment
by joining with other consumers to let manufacturers
and government know your views.
only what you need
products with the least amount of packaging
products in recycled or recyclable packaging
disposable products which are not recyclable
the larger size or in bulk when possible
you can't reuse it, find someone else who can:
Learn what is recyclable in your community. Items collected
to manufacturers and support products and packaging that
are less harmful to the environment. Discourage:
-environmentally harmful products
manufacturers' 800 numbers (listed on many packages) to
voice your opinion.
elected officials to request that government at all levels
use more recycled products.
merchants to provide bags made from recycled materials or
use your own bag.
that your local newspaper use more recycled newsprint.