Municipal Solid Waste (also known as MSW) is the trash thrown away that ends up in landfills and incinerators. Examples of Municipal Solid Waste includes food waste, paper, aluminum cans, yard trimmings, textiles, etc. Reducing this MSW can help us create cleaner land, air, and water, and ultimately better health. Recycling and composting also helps save our natural resources. Both individuals and businesses can take small steps to dramatically reduce the amount of trash that is being thrown away.
How to Reduce your Municipal Solid Waste:
- Reduce the amount of materials you use
- Reuse materials whenever possible
- Recycle whenever possible
- Rethink the materials that you use and throw away!
Take a look at the infographic below with stats about Municipal Solid Waste created by the Environmental Protection Agency for more insight and ideas! If you scroll to the bottom, they provide a few easy steps you can take now at home or in stores that will help make a difference.
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