Reducing Waste: Solid Waste Management Tips

It's no secret that we generate lot of trash. As of 2018, the average person generates over 4.3 to 4.9 pounds of waste per day, which is 1.6 to 2.2 pounds more than most of us produced in 1960.

Each year, trash is generated in the form of packaging, bottles, boxes, cans, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, and more. Significant energy and resources are consumed in the production, transporting and disposal of this waste stream.

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*MSW generation rose considerably from 2017 to 2018 mainly because EPA enhanced its food measurement methodology to more fully account for all the ways wasted food is managed throughout the food system. EPA Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste, and Recycling Webpage

We can significantly reduce the amount of solid waste by following some basic principles of reducing the amount of waste that is created, reusing materials that would otherwise be discarded, by recycling materials and by using recycled materials. The commonly-used "3-R" phrase to describe this principle is: "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle".




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