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Waste Management – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – AEN News

By learning how to reduce, reuse and recycle, we can stop the contamination of the environment.


There are three words starting with the letter “R” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) that are showing the waste hierarchy, and which are required to classify the waste management strategies used to minimize the waste volume.

Waste management uses the “three R’s” waste hierarchy is teaching people how to reduce their consumption to produce less waste and how to keep the environment cleaner.

Waste Management – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Waste hierarchy

Reduce is the first word in the waste hierarchy and refers to a reduction of the consumption in a sustainable way, which will lead to a reduced volume of waste.

In order to reduce consumption, we first need to understand that we don’t need to complicate life, we can live in similar comfort even if using less resources.

A simpler life can turn you into a much happier person because always happiness will lie in the simple things of life.

To reduce consumption, we need to understand that we can use a product for multiple purposes.

For example, a coffee maker that can produce steam can be used both to prepare coffee and cappuccino, so we don’t need to buy two different devices, one for coffee and one for cappuccino.

Buy a multifunctional printer (all-in-one printer) that can scan and also copy documents, you don’t need to buy separately the scanner, the copier and the printer.

Do the same in case of a fax machine, don’t buy the fax machine alone, buy a fax that is attached to another device such as a printer.

If we start buying multifunctional items, the production of individual devices will be reduced, and this will generate a reduced volume of packaging materials disposed in landfills.

When you go to the supermarket you may buy many things that you don’t actually need just because they are highlighted with some bright color (products in promotion with lower prices).

Don’t forget that supermarkets often lower the price of the products that are hard to sell.

In order to avoid buying unnecessary items from the supermarket you need to create at home a list with the items that you want to buy from the supermarket.

Once arrived at the supermarket, you need to stick to your list and never buy something else.

This will also save you some time and money because if you already know what you want to buy from the supermarket, you will need less time to get the products.

More Tips to Reduce Waste

When you go to the supermarket, you can take your own canvas bags with you to avoid buying disposable ones.

This will reduce the amount of plastic disposed in landfills (plastic is very harmful for the environment).

To reduce the volume of paper used, you don’t need to print documents on only one side of the paper, you can use both sides of the paper to print your documents and this will help you to save paper.

When you are not in the room, you can turn off the light, the TV and the computer in that room to save energy.

To save even more energy you can unplug all your appliances during the night and this will save you some 10% on your electricity bill every year.

Stop using paper mail and use an email service to communicate with others.

Your utility provider may have an online service that can send you the monthly bill in electronic format instead of using paper and a postal service to send you the bill.

Avoid purchasing products that are over-packaged with paper, foil and plastic.

If we stop buying over-packaged products, their production will drop and this way the volume of packing paper and plastic disposed in landfills will drop.

Buy quality and durable products (don’t buy doubtful products just because they are cheap).

Avoid using disposable napkins, plates, glass, spoons and cups, to reduce the volume of dangerous waste (plastic) disposed in landfills.

Reuse is the second word in the waste hierarchy and refers to the number of things that we can reuse again and again instead of throwing them in the garbage, and buying new ones.

I’m sure that by using your imagination, you can turn every product you no longer need into something useful, and this will avoid the purchase of a new product in the near future.

You can also donate products you no longer need.

This way you will do a good thing by helping others and you will reduce the volume of waste disposed into the environment.

Home Items that You Can Reuse Again and Again

Glass jars, pots, containers and plastic cans can be reused to store different items in the kitchen or in the cabinet.

Plastic soda bottles, gallon jugs and different plastic containers can be reused to store homemade products or you can find them a new and useful role in the kitchen, bathroom or outside in the yard.

Used wood left from construction can be turned into firewood or can be used to build something useful for your kids.

Used tires can be very useful in the garden or you can send them back to the factory (recycling) to be turned into retreaded tires.

Old newspapers and magazines can be reused to pack or store items in the house.

Waste paper can be reused (documents printed on only one side of the paper can be reused on the other side).

Waste paper you no longer need can be sent to a recycling center.

Rechargeable batteries can be reused over and over again.

You can also donate to those in need the old things you no longer need such as books, clothes and even toys.

Recycle is the third word in the waste hierarchy and refers to the large number of things that can be recycled today and turned into new products that can be reused.

Wherever you live on the planet, I’m sure that there is a recycling center or recycling point close to you where you can take all the recyclable things you no longer need.

By taking them to the recycling point, you will become a protector of the environment because those waste products will no longer be placed in landfills where they can contaminate the soil.

If there is no recycling point close to you there must be containers of different colors specially created to dispose specific waste materials such as plastic, paper, glass, metal and organic waste.

By placing the garbage in the designated container you will avoid contaminating nature and you will keep the soil, the water and the air we breathe cleaner.

Magda Savin
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Magda Savin

I write about the renewable energy sector, electric cars and climate change issues.
I love nature and good food, so I travel all over the world to see new places and meet new people.
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