Waste Reduction


    • Recycle City Games and activities for children which explain the basics about recycling:
      • https://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/
      • Entertain your kids while educating them about recycling with these fun games. They can also explore the various methods of recycling, reusing, and conserving in kid-friendly terms.
    • Rockland Green Recycling Guide:

Reduce and Reuse

    • Bags and other Single-use Plastics:
      • https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/50034.html
      • Information on the 2020 New York State Bag Waste Reduction Law which bans the distribution of plastic bags. Reusable canvas bags offer a convenient alternative to single-use plastic bags.
      • 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/food-recovery-hierarchy
      • 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.