Garbage Crisis The world has changed a lot in the past century.
From individually packaged food servings to disposable diapers, more
garbage is generated now than ever before. The
average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day.
This garbage, the solid waste stream,
goes mostly to landfills, where it's compacted and buried. As the waste
stream continues to grow, so will the pressures on our landfills, our
resources, and our environment.
How Does Recycling
Help? The more we all recycle, the less garbage ends
up in our landfills! The things we recycle can be used
to manufacture new products, which in turn, create jobs, use less
energy and fewer natural resources, and keeps hazardous waste from
harming our health and our community!
What Can I Do? There are many easy ways to reduce
our growing garbage problem and protect our environment. Instead of
throwing out valuable goods and packaging, think reuse and
recycle. Lower waste and manufacturing costs, energy savings,
and cleaner air and water are among the benefits we can all share. Our
small actions can have a big impact. Collectively, if
residents of DakotaCounty made even some of these
changes, our waste problems could be kept in check:
Choose to purchase items with
Buy recycled whenever
Get off of junk mail lists;
Compost food waste;
Learn how to safely dispose of
household hazardous products (cleaners, fertilizers, etc);
Reuse scrap paper and grocery
And many more!
Resources… Know what to do with stuff you
don’t want anymore! Learn how to recycle more, how to incorporate
waste reduction practices into your home and work environment, how to
properly dispose of hazardous products, and where to get and give free
stuff. The Green Guide was created to help citizens living in the
Dakota County understand the urgent need to make environmentally
responsible purchasing and disposal decisions. You’re in
control. By changing buying and using habits, you can reduce
the amount of your garbage. Keep up-to-date on recycling and reuse
options. Find disposal information for that leftover latex paint
or broken computer. Get help from the Green Guide.