We are literally living in our own trash – we dump approximately 2.12 billion tons of waste, which if put in dump trucks would be enough to go around the Earth for 24 times.
A person produces around 4.4 pounds of trash everyday on average. So in a household of 4 people, this amounts to: 17.6 pounds of trash per day, 123.2 pounds in a week, and 6,424 pounds in a year. Multiply this by the number of households in the planet, and it's no wonder trash is one of the primary environmental concerns we have – it's affecting our ocean, the wildlife, and even us. We are basically filling the planet with our trash.
So what can we do about this? The obvious answer is to reduce the trash our households produce daily. So are you ready to reduce your household waste to something that would fit in a quart-sized jar instead of countless giant trash bags? Or why not aim for a zero-waste home? Here are a few tips on how to reduce your household trash:
Main tip: Refuse items you do not need. Reduce what you do need. Reuse what you consume. Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse. And Rot (compost) the rest.