The Importance Of Waste In Landfills

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We generate so much waste on a day-to-day basis, and most of it ends up being discarded in landfills. In fact, in 2009, the United States produced 243 million tons of solid municipal waste, and over fifty percent of that waste was discarded in landfills (OT 312 Lecture Slides Week 4). Over the past week, I increased my awareness of personal habits and things going on in my community that could be considered wasteful behaviors, and tried to identify solutions. In some cases, I actually carried out those solutions because I found it was fairly simple and cheap to change my lifestyle to become slightly more sustainable. Ultimately, I asked myself the question, how can I make things non-disposable? The first change I made was in regard to my…show more content…
In addition to the small changes I mentioned earlier (i.e. bringing a reusable water bottle, opt for groceries with less packaging), there are several larger changes I could make. However, when thinking about some of these changes, I realized that being sustainable also ends up costing more money to the individual. Of course, being sustainable reduces “hidden costs,” but it is hard to think about the hidden costs when the monetary costs are so visible and comprehendible – especially as a college student. I would love to spend more money on higher-quality and more durable items and clothing: they would last longer and ultimately produce less waste than getting rid of a product earlier. However, these products are generally more expensive than their less durable counterparts. Nonetheless, many of the steps we can take to reduce waste are simple, achievable, cost-friendly, and do not require significant time or effort. Whether it is bringing reusable bags when shopping, buying items made of recycled content, or packing lunches in reusable containers, everyone can make small changes to their lifestyles in order to generate less
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