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We all have a responsibility to take care of the planet, as it is the only home we have. Today more than ever, it is pertinent that everyone is an active participant in waste prevention. Being sustainable means keeping our communities, homes, and green spaces vibrant, healthy, and safe places to live, dream, and explore.
If you have never heard of the 4 R’s of waste prevention, then today marks your opportunity to begin your stainable life journey.
What are the 4 R’s?
Reduce: Create less waste, save energy, and avoid harming the environment.
Reuse: Reuse, repair, or extend the life of the products you purchase. This way, you will save money and live a more sustainable life.
Recycle: Recycling keeps waste out of landfills and stops manufacturing companies from extracting raw products to create their products. Not only does recycling end resource depletion, but it creates jobs and reduces water and air pollution.
Rot: Yes, rot literally refers to rotting food. Instead of throwing away lawn clippings, food scraps, or other organic materials, try composting them. Since many neighbourhoods provide collection services or bins for residents and businesses to dispose of their biodegradables, keeping organics out of landfills is easy.
Tips to Help You Reduce Unnecessary Waste
Tips to Help you Reuse the Things you Already Have
There is a severe problem with organic materials that are dumped into landfills. Yes, natural materials are biodegradable, but when these items are mixed with and become trapped under the non-organic material, methane gas isn’t able to escape and the food can’t decompose properly. The result is that landfills are filling up quickly and dangerous gases are not being absorbed at the rate they should be.
If you didn’t already know, methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas that is a significant reason for climate change. According to recent statistics, 40% of landfills are filled with organic materials. But there is something simple that you can do to change this staggering number. You can compost.
If you live in the Toronto area, then composting is a realistic habit to adopt. The cities in the region have been particularly accommodating in developing pick-up services and bins in neighbourhoods to easily drop-off and dispose of organic waste. The best thing you can do is visit the web page of your local waste management company and find out what services are available to you.
Other resources to check out to help you reduce the amount of organic waste entering your garbage include:
By following the 4 R’s of waste prevention, you can make a conscious and active difference in your community.