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Humans spend every waking hour performing activities that generate waste. An activity as simple as toilet hygiene generates waste. Every time you prepare a meal, you generate waste, such as food scraps. If you take the time to think about what you are going to do before actually doing it, you will find ways to minimize your waste production. If you never give any thought to the amount of waste your household is generating daily, it will continue to get worse.
How Homes Can Reduce Their Residential Waste Production?
Some people do not give much thought to the amount of waste they are generating. They continuously produce garbage through every outlet, including lawn, home, and business. If someone does not speak up, the waste generated by these individuals will completely fill their local landfills and dumps. On a good note, landfills are constantly looking for ways to combat the massive waste generation. You can help by making a few alterations to your normal household and business waste disposal strategies.
Compost As Much As Possible
One effective disposal method that has proven to be effective in combating an overabundance of trash is composting. This disposal method utilizes a natural process to break down compostable waste, such as food leftovers, paper scraps, yard debris, rabbit bedding, pet food, tea bags, coffee filters, cardboard, and wood scrap.
Items that do not qualify for composting include vinyl scrap, metal scrap, charcoal ashes, nutshells, plastic scrap, motor oil, dirt, tobacco products (cigars and cigarettes), and pet waste. These will need to have an alternative disposal route.
The byproduct of composting can be utilized to fertilize the soil in gardens, around shrubs, and sod. People who classify themselves as avid composters enjoy what they do. They are proud of their output, utilizing it wisely to add nutrients back into the soil. You can follow suit without investing in any special tools or equipment.
Composting is a fairly simple process. At least, the mechanical of composting is fairly simple. You start with a hole in the ground, throw in your compostable materials, add water, and flip. Every few days, you will need to add water and flip the compostable materials to speed up the process.
Recycle As Much As Possible
You can reduce your waste generation by recycling. This is a process that allows qualified materials to be repurposed and reused for future projects. For example, scrap metal is repurposed, melted down, and reused for various manufacturing applications. Recycling is highly recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency “EPA” and environmentalists across the globe.
When you recycle, you are helping your community reduce its carbon footprint. There is no doubt, a minor alteration in your waste disposal regiment will take some time to get used to. However, it will not create too much confusion for you and the other members of your household. As long as everyone is on board, you will begin to see a major transition in how you dispose of waste.
Donate As Much As Possible
There is no better way to reduce your carbon footprint than through a donation initiative. Instead of tossing your unwanted items in a waste bin, you should sort through to determine if there is anything worth saving. All the used items in good condition can be donated to different sources, including nonprofit charities, needy families, friends, neighbors, religious organizations, thrift stores, family members, community organizations, and co-workers.
When you no longer want an item in good working condition, you can offer it to a close acquaintance. Surely there is someone you know who could get use out of your old furniture, bedding, children’s toys, appliances, electronic devices, shoes, clothing, and other accessories. There is always someone on the receiving line willing to take your preowned goods off your hands.
Have A Yard Sale
Do you need a bit of extra cash for your emergency fund, an upcoming vacation, school supplies, or other expenses? If so, you can have a yard sale on your front lawn. Encourage your community members to join in on your yard sale environmental initiative.
Good, preowned items will fetch a handsome sum, especially electronics, appliances, and children’s clothing. The money you raise through your yard sale can be added to your vacation or emergency fund.