At Bay Disposal & Recycling, we talk about waste management tips a lot because it’s a very important subject that we think everyone should understand. Our philosophy is, the more people know about the problem, the better they be able to add to the solution. So here are a few quick ways you can take a stand and cut down on the incredible amounts of waste that goes to landfills:

  • If you use resealable plastic bags when you take your lunch to work or for storing leftovers at home, don’t throw them away after a single use. Rinse or wash them out and let them air dry, then reuse them again and again.
  • Keep reusable cloth or canvas bags in your vehicle’s trunk to use whenever you go grocery shopping. Some grocery stores are actually starting to request that their customers bring their own bags to help cut down on the paper and plastic bags that would otherwise end up in the trash. If you do use plastic grocery bags, some stores provide a bin at the storefront strictly for those to be reused or recycled.
  • Buy items in bulk. By buying the products you consume regularly in bulk, you cut down on the amount of packaging that would otherwise go into making several smaller purchases. Any leftover bulk items that need to be stored while not in use can be put in reusable containers and kept handy for future use.
  • Get a filter for your kitchen faucet or purchase a water filtering pitcher. Single-use bottled water containers are one of the greatest contributors to waste today. Manufacturing the bottles themselves also greatly increases air and water pollution.
  • If you drink sodas or other kinds of flavored drinks, try to opt more for glass bottles or aluminum cans. Both of these containers are generally better candidates for recycling.

Little steps can go a long way. If we all do our part to minimize the amount of waste that goes into landfills, we’re taking a step in the right direction to reduce the need for them. We encourage you to do your part to help make our world a better place.