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Simple Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Use

Plastic bags, plastic water and soda bottles, and toothpaste (*) are common items that make up over 11 million tons of plastic waste each year.  Much of this waste is not recycled (over 90%!) or even recyclable and ends up in our oceans and landfills.

So, what’s the best way to reduce plastic waste?  Cut back on the amount you use!

Here are three tips for reducing your use of plastic:

  1. Bring your own bags when shopping.
  2. Forgo plastic straws and plastic beverage lids.
  3. Use a reusable water bottle.

Let’s all do what we can to reduce plastic use, one plastic product at a time!

(*) Simple solutions to reducing the number of toothpaste tubes you use:

  • Use less toothpaste per brushing! All you need is a small pea-sized amount per brushing.
  • Keep squeezing ‘til there’s no more in the tube! You can get 5-6 more brushings if you make sure to squeeze out all the toothpaste in the tube.
  • Use baking soda. It comes in a PAPER container, is inexpensive, and is just as effective (may be even more effective!) at scrubbing away plaque as tubed toothpaste.

Look for more tips in future newsletters on reducing plastics in our daily lives.

Hello neighbors:

We hope you and your families are safe and remain safe throughout the COVID 19 pandemic. Thank you for continuing to abide by CDC regulations.

Lives have changed dramatically due to COVID 19 as many have lost their jobs and/or are balancing childcare, education and working from home.

As such, many may be working on checking off that never-ending "to do" list for home and yard projects in addition to what is already on their plate. More people are ordering via curbside pick-up and delivery, which results in the use of more plastic, more paper bags, more pizza boxes, etc. Some residents might be purging items located in attics, basements and clothes closets. So, what does one do with all of the excess trash and materials? Knowing how to recycle correctly and donate non-perishable items is key! To read full article and access associated links please click here!

The Impacts of Food Waste

Did you know that the United States is the global leader in food waste?  An astonishing 30-40% or 40 million tons of food end up in landfills every year!  Food is the largest component taking up space inside US landfills. But why does the US waste so much food when there are so many individuals and families living with food insecurities?  There are many factors that explain this trend.   Food in the United States is abundant and less expensive than in other countries.  These factors can contribute to the lack of appreciation of food.

More than 80 percent of Americans discard quality, consumable food because they misunderstand labels on the packaging.  Expiration labels on food state things such as “sell by,” “best before,” and “use by,” which can be confusing.  Many people simply throw away the food based on these labels. 

People may overestimate the amount of food they need which often results in food being thrown into the garbage.  Likewise, many people order take-out food but they might not consider eating leftovers. 

Wasting food has detrimental environmental consequences because an enormous amount of water and energy is used to produce food.  Food waste in landfills generates greenhouse gases, such as methane, carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons, which contribute to global warming and climate change. 

Several states are taking action to curtail food waste and increase food recovery. Legislators in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have passed laws that restrict the amount of food waste going to landfills.    

Efforts are filtering into US school systems too, for example Maine and Rhode Island have introduced legislation to reduce the amount of food waste in schools. On a national level, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set a goal in 2015 to reduce food waste by half by 2030.

Here are some simple actions individuals can take to preserve food: 

  • Freeze food that can’t be eaten immediately
  • Donate food to food pantries or give leftovers to those in need
  • Plan meals and only include needed ingredients on your shopping list
  • Fruit and vegetables with blemishes taste the same and usually cost less. Simply cut out the blemished area.

Sources:

                https://www.rts.com/resources/guides/food-waste-america/  

                https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-home      

                https://www.usda.gov/foodwaste/faqs

                https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/united-states-2030-food-loss-and-waste-  reduction-goal

 Recycling of Broken Christmas Lights (full strings)  

iGreen Electronics- 250 Corporate Drive, Reading, PA 19605          http://www.ingreenrecycling.com/

Recycling of Gently-Used Items:

https://www.nike.com/help/a/recycle-shoes

http://atrscorp.com/

https://www.gogreendrop.com/

https://retrievr.com/location/montgomery-county-pa/

Foam Recycling

#6 Foam - White styrofoam, usually marked with a #6 chasing arrows recycling symbol, can be dropped
off at Northeast Foam Recycling, now located in Chalfont- 90 Hamilton Street, Chalfont. For more information check out Northeast Foam Recycling | Facebook

Lower Gwynedd Township

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1130 North Bethlehem Pike
Spring House, PA 19477

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