You’re finished with something. It has served it’s use. You don’t want it anymore. What do you do next?
Today, we’re going to identify 4 places waste can go and 1 way to prevent waste from happening at all, and then we’ll go into those in more depth over the next week plus. These are kid-friendly definitions to use with individuals of all ages.
With waste, you can:
Reuse: It is great to be able to reuse items; unlike recycling, reusing allows you to give things a second or third life without having to make any changes. Consider trading an old book with a friend – you each get something new to read.
Compost: Composting helps take waste and use it to create great soil, which will then be used to grow new food. This blog already has LOTS of information about composting if you want to learn more about that.
Recycle: Recycling helps turn unwanted materials into something new and wanted. However, recycling requires energy and is therefore not quite as sustainable as reusing or composting.Trash:Everything that cannot be reused, recycled, or composted – plastic utensils, cellophane wrappers, Styrofoam trays – is trash. It will be thrown away and end up in a landfill, which is gross. Reducing the amount of trash keeps landfills from getting out of control!
Reduce: Before you generate waste, you can prevent it. Think before you buy and you will have less waste, which is great.
For the next few entries, we are going to give you more information about reusing, recycling, reducing, and just how icky landfills are!!