According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces about 4.4 lbs. of garbage every day. That’s 29 lbs. per week or 1,600 lbs. per year. This amount of trash could cover the state of Texas two and half times and also fills enough trucks to form a line to the moon.
So this Earth Day (Sunday April 22),….and every day:
1. REDUCE: Think if you need it, or just want it…and if it comes without all the packaging or if you can get the equivalent USED or refurbished, which also saves $$$$!
2. REUSE: You know the saying, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure.” Donate things you no longer want instead of simply tossing them. You can get tax write-offs or many places (online and around town) buy, sell, and trade things from clothes to electronics. Another option is to get creative. Maybe that old can has another use….get the family involved and HAVE FUN!
3. RECYCLE: We already should be habitual at this but Earth 911 (http://earth911.com/) allows you to put in your zip code and any material you want to recycle. It will give you the phone number of the nearest facility in charge of collecting that material.
Happy Earth Day!