Here at Debris Box, we are committed to helping our customers, and the general public reduces waste and be more conservative with their resource consumption and trash creation. Few people would argue that the nation, and the world at large, have a big trash problem. What many people do not realize is that even small individual changes can have a huge impact on how much trash ends up in the environment. If you have been looking for some easy yet practical and impactful ways you can reduce your trash output, here are eight places you can start:
- Know the recycling rules- many people who try to recycle at home do not realize they are making things harder or nearly impossible to recycle easily. This is all because they do not know their local rules for what is and is not recyclable or how to prepare the materials for collection.
- Stop using plastic bags- plastic bags are one of the biggest wastes when it comes to the trash in our landfills and they are being used in excess everywhere. Simply using 3-4 reusable bags can help greatly reduce landfill volume and keeps bags out of the oceans and streams.
- Plan your meals- eating at home and planning meals ahead of time can help reduce trash output as well. When you stop ordering in and eating out, you reduce trash volume by eliminating the need for to-go containers and bags and lowering waste in the kitchens and dining areas too.
- Use reusable containers- along these same lines, using reusable plastic storage containers for food prep and other uses around the house can reduce waste as well. The convenience of taking and toss containers have a long-lasting effect on the environment that is not worth it in the long run.
- Compost at home- waste also comes in the form of bio-degradable trash that accumulates in the landfills faster than it can decompose. Setting up small composting bins and piles at home can help keep that trash out of the landfill and allows you to use it at home for gardening.
- Cancel unnecessary mail- spam mail is more than just an inconvenience; it can create a great deal of trash that ends up in the landfills and takes up space. Canceling some mail, reducing spam mail volume, and receiving mail notices online when possible can help curb this waste cycle.
- Stop using disposable plates/cups/straws- a lot of attention has been placed lately on changes many food vendors are making when it comes to things like straws, napkins, and condiments. Moving from disposable to reusable materials has already helped lower trash output nationwide.
- Stop buying single-use plastic bottles- the biggest culprit for excessive landfill utilization are plastic bottles. In this nation alone, more plastic bottles end up in landfills and in the environment than anything else, and it can all be reduced by shifting from disposable to reusable.
Here at Debris Box, we are committed to helping everyone make a shift to a more sustainable way of living. Reducing waste and trash output and taking small steps now and every day to protect the environment is one of the many things we are passionate about. Contact us today to learn more.