That might sound like its not possible, but we all contribute to the waste that comes from business, restaurants, and construction sites in our community. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the national average is 4.3 pounds per person per day, making Santa Fe higher than the national average!
The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. This could be as simple as using rags to clean instead of paper towels. Sometimes reducing is not an option, so reusing your item is the next best step to prevent it from being landfilled forever. You can help support reuse by asking yourself these three simple questions:
Does it still work or serve its purpose?
Would someone else be able to use it?
If it’s broken, could I have it repaired?
If the answer is yes to any of those questions above, then your item still has another life to live. See the Donation Center page to find the nearest place that will take your item for reuse. If you answer was no to any of those questions, then visit the Recycle page to see if and where your item can be recycled.
Waste is not just when consumers throw items away. Throughout the life cycle of a product from extraction of raw materials to transportation to processing and manufacturing facilities to manufacture and use waste is generated. Reusing items or making them with less material decreases waste dramatically. Ultimately, fewer materials will need to be recycled, combusted for energy, or landfilled. EPA
Selecting nonhazardous or less hazardous items is another important component of source reduction. Using less hazardous alternatives for certain items (e.g., cleaning products and pesticides), sharing products that contain hazardous chemicals instead of throwing out leftovers, reading label directions carefully, and using the smallest amount necessary are ways to reduce waste toxicity. EPA
The benefits of preventing waste go beyond reducing reliance on other forms of waste disposal. Preventing waste also can mean economic savings for communities, businesses, organizations, and individual consumers. EPA