Public Health Solutions Department is working to get people thinking about environmentally friendly living focused on waste as something we can easily manipulated to make a difference in our environment. Our household waste, waste that is generated in the day to day operations of a household, can really stack up if we are not taking action to recycle, repurpose and dispose of properly. It can include everything from lawn clippings to inefficient light bulbs to battery disposal.
One of the issues with household waste is that not all of it is waste. As families we can radically reduce the amount of stuff which gets thrown away by thinking before tossing something in the garbage. Many communities have recycling programs which accept paper, glass, bottles, cans, and numerous other items which can be broken down and reused.
We can compost food scraps and lawn clippings instead of throwing into the trash. This one action alone will cutting down on waste and directly contribute to the health of the environment by reclaiming nutrients.
However, there are other types of household waste, like dead batteries, that are actually hazardous. These items need to be disposed of in special facilities, rather than being tossed in your trash. Public Health Solutions will recycle your batteries for you and all you have to do is drop them off during office hours. Now we are one step closer to a secure environment.
You will be surprised by the amount of waste you generate. All of us think we have a relatively low amount of waste and yet if you tracked your waste you would be surprised. Logging household waste by weighing or charting it for several months can sometimes be an eye opening experience and an interesting science fair project.
For more information about hazardous waste and how to safely dispose it, visit the EPA‘s website, or contact Public Health Solutions’ Environmental Health program member.