Why Waste Prevention Is Important
As the population of the world , efficient use of available resources is becoming increasingly important, because:
- Landfill capacity is reaching its limit locally.
- Landfills compete with other land uses, such as residential, business, industry, transportation and recreational uses.
- It is expensive to transport waste to distant disposal sites.
- Extraction of raw materials for the manufacture of new goods is threatening natural ecosystems around the world
Eliminating Waste At Its Source
Waste prevention begins with the thoughtful choices of each individual and organization in our community as we purchase and consume goods.
Start with small and easy steps in your home, by eliminating disposable items, such as plastic bags, wherever you can. Choose products with less packaging that are designed to last a long time without needing replacement. When you no longer need something, find a new owner.
Be creative and find new ways to use things that have outlived their original purpose.
In your neighbourhood, take an active role by participating in your children's schools and starting a school recycling projects.