Waste Reduction


Reduce and Reuse

    • Bags and other Single-use Plastics:
      • https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/50034.html
      • Starting in March 2020, NY State will prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags, with limited exceptions. Reusable canvas bags offer a convenient alternative to single-use plastic bags.
      • https://patch.com/new-york/nyack/rockland-lawmakers-pass-plastic-bag-ban
      • Rockland County legislators have adopted a new law that bans most single-use plastic bags at retail outlets, restaurants and grocery stores. This regional law will go into effect before the state-wide law, you can read more about it here to find out how these changes will affect you and your favorite stores.
      • https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html
      • Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our ocean and Great Lakes and a subset of plastic debris is those that are less than five millimeters in length, called “microplastics.” These microplastics are in many consumer products, and harm aquatic life as they mistake it for food. It is estimated that the amount of plastic in our oceans will outweigh that of fish by 2050.
      • https://www.unenvironment.org/interactive/beat-plastic-pollution/
      • Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year, and half of all plastic products are designed to be thrown away after one use. These single use plastics have far reaching consequences that can affect the planet for generations.
      • http://www.abagslife.com/
      • A Bag’s Life is a public education campaign that focuses on drawing attention to the reduction, reuse, and recycling of plastic bags. Communities, businesses, non-profits, and government organizations are all united to accomplish this goal.
    • Cradle to Cradle/Circular Design: 
      • https://www.c2ccertified.org/
      • In the age of overuse and under-conservation it is important to think about what happens to products that we throw away. The idea of circular design is based on reusing materials to reduce waste and environmental impact while conserving energy and water in the production process.
    • E-Waste:
    • Food Waste and Composting:
      • https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food
      • The EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert wasted food. Each tier of the Food Recovery Hierarchy focuses on different management strategies for your wasted food.
      • https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home
      • 28% of what we put in the trash is food scraps and yard waste which ends up in landfills producing environmentally harmful methane gases. By composting what you would otherwise throw out, you not only help the environment, you can also help your garden and yard.