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It’s that exciting time of year for students in Franklin County when the weather will start to cool, fall sports will kick off and students will head back to the classroom. As you create your back-to-school to-do list, it’s important to think about how reusing items and reducing the amount of waste your family generates can contribute to a more sustainable community. SWACO shares some helpful and simple ways to help reduce the amount of materials going into the landfill.
On average, each Franklin County resident sends 4-5 pounds of waste to the landfill every day. For a family of four, that’s 112-140 pounds of waste per week. Here are some simple ways to cut back:
Eliminate Food Waste:
Nearly 15 percent of material entering the landfill is food.
Donate Gently Loved Items:
Seventy-six percent of the material sent to the landfill could have been diverted or reused.
Recycling saves money, supports jobs and contributes to a healthy environment.
Following these simple recommendations will support a safer and more environmentally friendly start to the school year. Together, we can make a difference.