Landfills are full of trash piles that could be minimized.  When it comes to throwing out solid waste, keep in mind: reduce, reuse, recycle. (Courtesy: Brighter Living)



Jill:  Once a week you drag that trashcan to the curb and when you come home, it’s magically gone.  But it didn’t just disappear into thin air.  It was hauled to a landfill where it remains for a long, long time.

Jim Stewart, Ph. D:  People often think that if they just throw their trash into the trash bin, it goes into a landfill and then it just returns to its natural state.  That’s actually not the case.  For example, a newspaper can be read 15 years after it’s been disposed of.

Jill:  To help minimize the amount of waste pileup, remember the three Rs of solid waste:  reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Reduce:  Bottom line here, get by with less.  Instead of buying music CDs that use plastic packaging, consider buying music online.  Reuse:  Repairing or selling items reduces waste.  Donate old clothes, toys and household items to your local Salvation Army store.  And recycle:  Glass, paper, plastics, aluminum, metal.  For a complete list of materials that can be recycled, visit the Environmental Protection Agency.  I’m Jill Cordes with Today’s Better Living.