Automated Waste Services Advice on Living Without Plastic
Every day, people are becoming more and more environmentally conscious. This is largely due to awareness of climate change, as well as a concern about the future effects of littering and non-biodegradable materials. People are noticing the negative effects of waste and are thinking about the potential environmental pitfalls that will affect generations to come.
At Automated Waste Services, we are not only a garbage collection company, but we also encourage waste reduction and recycling. Although it would be extremely difficult to completely cut out waste in your life, there are some ways to reduce certain wastes in order to improve sustainability. One major item found in everyday life that can be reduced is plastic.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, 33 tons of plastic was generated in the United States and of those 33 tons, only 9 percent of it was recycled. This is an important statistic because plastic can take up to 1, 000 years to break down, which can be very detrimental to the environment.
Plastic Tolls on the Environment
There are several ways that plastic negatively impacts the environment. If plastic is not reduced or recycled, some of the outcomes include:
- Harmful chemical exposure in water, air and food
- Injuring of wildlife, livestock and/or pets
- Increased energy use
- Decrease in human physical health
10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Use
At Automated Waste Services, we understand that eliminating plastic completely is impossible unless there is a worldwide movement to do so. However, there are several ways that you can significantly reduce plastic used in your life. Some ways to reduce plastics include:
- Use environmentally friendly shopping bags. There are many options to choose from when using a more environmentally conscious shopping bag option. You can either purchase a woven bag for reuse, repurpose cardboard boxes or even just choose the paper option at checkout.
- Purchase glass Tupperware. Many Tupperware options are plastic. Although this option is less expensive, they are easily damaged and can release harmful chemicals. There are many glass options for Tupperware instead. Glass can be easily washed, microwaved and reused without having to worry about chemical releases and damages.
- Choose your water bottles carefully. Because glass can break easily, many people do not want to choose glass as a water bottle option, especially if that person plays sports or works outdoors. However, stainless steel is an excellent reusable alternative to plastic bottles.
- Get rid of that gum chewing habit. Essentially, gum is made out of rubber or chewable plastic. Although it may be a tasty habit to give up, it is one quick way to significantly reduce the amount of plastic you are using.
- Avoid plastic use at restaurants. At restaurants, avoid using straws. If you are a person who does not like drinking out of the side of a glass, bring your own stainless steel or reusable straw with you. Also, feel free to bring your own takeout container instead of using the plastic or styrofoam containers provided at the restaurant.
- Use a filtered water system. Instead of buying countless cases of bottled water every month, use a water filter system instead.
- Shop in bulk. Shopping in bulk will reduce plastic from the packaging.
- Choose cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers. If you are a parent, you know that you go through countless diapers each week. Instead of using disposable diapers, save time and energy by using reusable cloth diapers.
- Stop by at your local farmer’s market. At the grocery store, it is likely that many vegetables and fruit come pre-packaged in plastic. Try going to your local farmer’s market or grocer instead. They do not typically pre-package any fruits or vegetables.
- Switch to green cleaning. Create your own natural cleaners and put them into a reusable bottle. This will not only reduce plastic use but also save you money as well as help you avoid harmful effects from chemicals in other cleaners.
Recycling with Automated Waste Services
When it comes to the plastics that you cannot or do not want to reduce, Automated Waste Services is here to help. We offer recycling services for those other plastics that you use. Just make sure that the plastic you are using has a recycling symbol labeled on it (usually at the bottom of the container). If you have questions about what you can or cannot recycle at Automated Waste Services, do not hesitate to contact us.
Call the Automated Waste Services staff at (417) 725-4872 and let our recycling and trash removal services partner up with you to help meet your environmental conservation goals.