World Clean Up Day
Saturday, September 17, 2022
World Cleanup Day is observed on the 3rd Saturday in September every year in an effort to unite millions of volunteers, governments and organizations in helping tackle a growing global waste problem. 191 countries participate together to help clean up the world in their areas, for more information on how to participate Click Here.
How can you make an impact every day?
• Use a reusable water bottle – Every year approximately 50 Billion water bottles are used and disposed of each year in the US alone, 485 Billion worldwide. By using a reusable water bottle vs a plastic water bottle, we could eliminate the approximate 38 Billion water bottles ending up in landfills every year.
• Use a reusable cup – Every year Americans use over 50 Billion coffee cups. Did you know he standard polyethylene-lined paper cup takes about 20 years to decompose? By bringing your own reusable cup to the coffee shop or using them at home, can help reduce the amount of waste in the landfills.
• Shop in bulk – shopping in bulk can help reducing the amount of packaging used, there are even many options for package free household items and foods. Many grocery stores have dispensers with foods such as cereals and pastas, as well as spices. By choosing these items and using reusable containers at home, we can help reduce waste in the landfills.
• Recycle and Reuse – Did you know that recycling paper creates 43% less wastewater? Most paper can be recycled up to 8 times to create new products.
• Keep a lid on your trashcans- 728,000 Tons of trash is littered every year, while not all of that is trash being blown or knocked out of garbage cans we can reduce the amount of littered trash simply by making sure the lids on our trashcans are closed and secured.
• Compost at home –Composting reduces methane emissions from landfills and reduces our carbon footprints. In 2018 alone, Americans saved almost 25 Million tons from going into our landfills through composting. The cost of an at home compost bin can range from $20-$60 for the initial compost.