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This is the time of the year when we make our new year resolutions where we decide that we will lead better, healthier lives and achieve new personal goals in the new year. A common resolution is deciding to do more exercise, eat healthy foods, and cut down on the consumption of certain beverages. Another resolution that we may feel is achievable is to shrink our carbon footprint by reducing the amount of waste that we generate at home. The ultimate goal is to reach a zero waste level, although this is difficult to achieve with our busy lifestyles where we often choose the convenient and disposable options instead of those that we know are better for our planet.
What is important to realise is that every one of our efforts can make a difference, and even reducing the amount of plastic and packaging that we use by a small amount can shrink our footprint. Change begins with small steps and changing one behaviour at a time instead of trying to change our entire lifestyle will ensure that our efforts at waste reduction will be successful.
Here Are Some Simple Steps to Curb Our Waste
- The first step is to adopt the habit of refusing items that we do not need thus preventing them from becoming instant waste. These items are any single use plastic such as bags, drinking straws, cocktail stirrers, plastic utensils and takeout containers, and disposable hot drink cups. Be mindful about what you are using and what will happen to the plastic when you are finished with it, and you are ready to dispose of it. By refusing these items you are reducing the amount of trash you are responsible for producing.
Replace any of these items with containers and utensils that can be reused.
- Reducing the amount of waste we generate becomes possible when we reduce how much we acquire. It is also possible to reduce our energy footprint at the same time.
By using refills for household cleaning products and making sure that the plastic used in the packaging our goods come in, is recycled is a place to start.
Reduce energy use in our homes can begin with simple acts such as switching off lights that are not needed.
When an old appliance needs replacing, invest in those that are manufactured using energy-efficient technology. Replace light bulbs with energy efficient LED ones to further reduce our energy use.
When you need old appliances disposed of, be mindful of how these can harm the environment if they are just dumped indiscriminately into the landfill, or worse, dumped illegally. At Little Green Junk we offer an appliance removal service where we will collect and dispose of your old unwanted appliances safely.
- Reusing items instead of always taking the disposable option is a good way to start changing habits.
Even a simple step such as replacing your disposable coffee cup with a reusable one when buying your daily coffee will make a difference.
Replace disposable items at home such as paper serviettes, paper plates and cups, and straws that you only use once with reusable alternatives to cut down the volume of non-recyclable paper we generate.
By using cloth or reusable diapers for your baby instead of disposables is an ecofriendly way of solving the environmental problem posed by used diapers.
When carrying out renovations at home, consider using old doors, windows, beams, and even cabinets from your local builders junk yard or antique store. This is a way of adding a lot of character to a new build while at the same time recycling old fittings.
When replacing your old couch, other furniture, or any appliances, try selling them first, or donating them to a charity instead of immediately throwing them out. Little Green Junk offers a furniture removal service and even a hot tub removal service which will save you the hassle of hauling your old unwanted stuff away. We dispose of it in a responsible manner and only use the landfill as a last resort.
- Recycling is something that we are all aware of, and many of us try to practice it with different levels of success. Recycling is the obvious way to remove all the different kinds of materials that lead to the pollution of our environment. The most common materials to recycle are plastic, cardboard and paper, glass, and aluminum cans.
There are attempts by manufacturers to reduce their dependence on plastics by replacing them with packaging that can be composted instead of causing a pollution problem in our environment.
Why Use Little Green Junk to Assist You with Your Waste Management
These are small changes we can make to the ways we manage our trash. Our goal here is to lead a sustainable lifestyle while trying to reach zero waste or getting as close as we can to this. A zero-waste objective in our homes may seem almost impossible to reach, but by breaking it down into smaller steps it will make it easier to achieve. By making some small changes, you can be part of the solution of leaving a cleaner and greener world for future generations instead of being part of the problem of leaving the environment in a mess.
At Little Green Junk York we are there to assist you achieve waste management. We are committed to a clean environment, and we offer residential and business junk removal in York PA and surrounds. We are a licensed waste removal company and will dispose of your junk in a responsible manner, recycling where we can. We only use the landfills as a last resort.
We collect your waste after hours and at weekends and even offer a same day junk removal service, so we are available to come to you when it suits you. We leave the area where we remove your trash from clean and swept.
We operate in the York PA, Lancaster, Dover, and Dillsburg area. Call us on 717 467 0070. We look forward to hearing from you.
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