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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Reduce Your Plastic Use with These Easy Swaps

Plastic accounts for 17% of all the material that is thrown into the landfill each year by Franklin County residents and businesses*. What were yesterday’s benefits of plastic are quickly becoming a topic for greater discussion today. Plastic is durable and long-lasting which in the landfill environment means it doesn’t decompose and takes up precious and limited landfill space. Not to mention, it’s highly recyclable and should be recycled.

If this makes you want to reduce the amount of plastic you’re using in your day-to-day activities, there are a few easy swaps that can help:IMG_4728

  • Stop using plastic bags for produce, snacks and groceries. Instead, opt for your own reusable bags. Many stores already require customers to bring their own shopping bags and Kroger, who’s estimated to use about 6 billion plastic bags a year, recently announced an effort to remove all plastic bags from their stores by 2025!  
  • Avoid single use plastic water bottles. Carry a reusable water bottle and fill it up repeatedly. Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles but only recycled 38*.

These are simple yet effective actions we can all take to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

Citations:

*RRS. (April 2016). SWACO Waste Stream Assessment & Preliminary Program Evaluation. Retrieved from https://www.swaco.org/DocumentCenter/View/131/Waste-Stream-Assessment-and-Preliminary-Program-Evaluation-PDF?bidId=

*Ban The Bottle. Bottled Water Facts. Retrieved from https://www.banthebottle.net/bottled-water-facts/

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