Here are a few ways that proper waste management helps with that.
Gives Trash a Second Life
Not everything that you throw away is actually garbage; in fact, much of that debris can be re-allocated into something useful that you may never have thought of before. For example, many yard waste, such as grass clippings and leaves, can be ground down into compost, re-releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth. Even coffee grounds can be added to the mix to create a natural barrier for insects.
For other items that you may not need anymore but can still be enjoyed by others, consider donating them to local thrift shops. Toys, clothes, and even magazines can be donated to others who will give them a second life.
Reduces Landfill Usage
Did you know that the U.S. produces nearly 300 million tons of municipal waste every single year? That’s a lot of trash, and as you would expect, the amount of space that we have to put that much trash in is rapidly decreasing.
Probably the worst part is that not all of the trash that ends up in landfills needs to be there in the first place. A lot of that can be recycled and turned into other usable items; cardboard, glass, aluminum, and plastic containers can all be recycled to create the exact same product and used by someone else.
Next time you throw out your trash, take a few seconds to see what can be tossed into the recyclable bin first. The amount may surprise you.