LET’S TALK TRASH
by St. Gregory’s Environmental Committee
In one of the prayers in our prayer book we say: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature wisely. One way we might measure how well we do is the amount of waste we generate. Recent studies tell us the average American produces 1,600 pounds a year of household waste, about 10 times our own weight.
What can we do to reduce waste and manage what is left? Waste management calls for REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE.
- REDUCE. Reduce the amount of new stuff you buy. To reduce waste, buy things that have less packaging.
- REUSE. Try to borrow or rent things you’ll only need for a short amount of time, and reuse the things you already have. When you have things you no longer need, give them to others who can use them. Use reusable bags when you go shopping.
- RECYCLE. Remember to recycle whatever materials you can, like bottles, cans, and paper, so they can be collected and remade into new products. Additionally, buy goods made from recycled materials when possible.
Reducing waste is clearly a way to use the resources with which we are blessed. Fewer trees are cut to make paper and packaging. Mining sites for metals and other materials are saved. And all the manufacturing, distribution, and disposal of products we waste uses energy and contributes to climate change.
You can learn more about managing waste at the web site http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/ReduceWaste/Home/.