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Reducing Your Waste to Be More Green

For many people, trash is “out of sight, out of mind” as soon as it leaves their homes. But being green means reducing your impact on the planet, which means reducing your trash. Looking at what you throw out each week helps you devise strategies to reduce your waste. Follow these steps for one week on your way to a smaller and more eco-friendly trash heap:

1

Assess how much trash comes from typical sources such as packaging, food waste, and paper.

You may want to keep track of your trash in separate garbage bags for the week: food scraps in one bag, paper trash in one, packaging in another, and so on. This makes it easy to see what’s generating the biggest volume of trash.

2

Make a list of all the items in your trash that could be recycled or composted.

If you’re not already recycling or composting, imagine how adopting those two practices would reduce your weekly trash.

3

Take a look at what’s left — the unrecyclable items.

Consider measures to reduce this type of trash by not purchasing or producing it in the first place.

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