Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse

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There are more than 3 million people in Orange County, putting up to 15 million pounds of solid waste in the landfills every day. How much garbage is that? Picture enough to fill up the entire Rose Bowl – once every 45 days! But here’s the thing: up to 10% of what we throw away – paper coffee cups, plastic bags, food waste and the like – could be kept out of the landfill altogether.

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  • REDUCING – Or in other words, finding ways to not buy stuff. Like installing a water filter on your faucet instead of buying bottled water. You’ll save money and space in the landfill. If one person used a disposable paper coffee cup every day for a year, they would create 23 lbs of waste. Take a reusable cup to your coffee shop each day for a month and you’ll cut your waste by 10%.
  • RECYCLING – If it’s made of paper, plastic, glass, aluminum or steel, there’s a good chance your local recycling program can keep it out of the landfill by turning it into something else.
    If every American recycled just 10% of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year. Put junk mail, ATM receipts and other paper waste in the recycling bin.
  • REUSING – From reusable grocery bags to donating old clothes to making rich compost out of kitchen waste, there are so many ways to reuse things in your daily life. Did you know that the average resident goes through six plastic bags per week? Take reusable bags to the grocery store one month out of the year to reach your 10% reduction goal or challenge.

Links to more information on recycling

Learn more on how to reduce waste at home.
Reduce waste at work.
Teach kids how to reduce waste at school.
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