Waste Reduction

Despite the fact that the U.S. makes up 5% of the world’s population, we generate 30% of its trash. The average American creates a staggering 4.5 pounds of trash daily.Reducing waste reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution from landfills and incinerators, and saves resources. 

When you prevent waste and recycle, you reduce the production of climate-changing gases by:
  • Reducing energy consumption-related emissions (use less, produce less)
  • Reducing emissions from incinerators (less waste is combusted)
  • Reducing methane emissions from landfills (methane is produced by the anaerobic decomposition of paper and other organic materials)
  • Increasing storage of carbon in trees (more trees remain standing)
 Here’s a list of things you can do to reduce waste:
  • Reduce your output
    • Sell or donate goods instead of throwing them out
    • Compost kitchen and yard waste instead of sending it to landfills
    • Invest in durable, reusable products, and then maintain and repair them
    • Reduce use of disposable / single use items in your home (e.g. use reusable cups and bags)
    • Buy goods that are sold in reusable or recyclable containers; avoid over-packaged products and those with non-recyclable packaging
    • Start or support a recycling program in your business/school/church
  • Reduce your intake
The Town of Amherst is reducing waste through education, outreach, and enforcement of the regulations. Learn here about what we are doing!