Trashless Thursday

Between 1960 and 2008 the amount of waste each person creates has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.5 pounds per day. The most effective way to stop this trend is by preventing waste in the first place.


Although about 70% of our daily trash could be recycled or composted only about 30% actually is.  About 30% of US municipal waste comes from containers and packaging, while another 40% results from paper products.

Every product has a life cycle,
from production and consumption to disposal. 


So we’ve all heard it before: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, and more importantly that is the order in which we should do all three. Recycling should become our last resort and our attention should be shifted to REDUCING our consumption first! 

Think of reduce, reuse, and recycle as a hierarchy of actions.   


Help students learn simple ways to reduce trash output using the attached documents below. The "main" poster for the day and the "sides" can be re-printed and posted on a tri-fold display and the guide can be printed as a hand-out - preferably 2 on a page, double-sided, of course!

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Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:58 PM
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Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:58 PM
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Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 24, 2011, 6:58 PM
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