Despite the fact that the U.S. constitutes 5% of the world’s population, we generate 30% of its trash. The average American creates a staggering 4.5 pounds of rubbish daily. In addition to alleviating the land use controversies, transportation costs, and contamination issues surrounding landfills, waste reduction is the best management option for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
When you prevent waste and recycle, you reduce the production of climate-changing gases by:
Reducing energy consumption-related emissions (use less, produce less)
Reducing emissions from incinerators (less waste is combusted)
Reducing methane emissions from landfills (methane is produced by the anaerobic decomposition of paper and other organic materials)
Increasing storage of carbon in trees (more trees remain standing)
Here’s a list of things you can do to support a waste reduction campaign: