Have a Waste-Free Week

How much trash do you make in a week?

The average American family creates about eighteen pounds of trash per day - that's equal to the weight of three bricks! Most of that waste is sent to a local landfill, where items like plastic can take decades or longer to degrade. Items in your recycling bin may also end up in a landfill. Landfill waste is harmful to the environment because it produces a powerful greenhouse gas called methane, which contributes to climate change. Climate change will impact everything in our lives, including the seasons, the ocean, plants, and animals. 

People around the world are trying to produce less trash, and there are many resources about low-waste living. You can join the movement by learning about your habits and finding easy ways to reduce your trash.

Learn more about what goes in your trash can and work to create less waste

1. Look at your trash
With your parents' permission, put on a pair of gloves and look through your trash. What are the items that make up the bulk of your trash? Food waste? Packaging? Paper Towels? 
2. Find solutions with research 

Based on your trash can, research and find solutions to reduce your waste.

Some ideas:

3. Practice

Using less waste takes practice. Decide on a few ways that you will reduce your trash this week. What is easy? What is difficult? Can you keep up some of these new habits?

Take a photo of you working on your task for the week and share it on social media. Make sure to tag @peancorg and #PEAYoungLeaders to be entered into the weekly Young Eco Leaders Raffle. 

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