The amount of waste generated per person per day in the U.S. is approximately 4.5 pounds, up from 2.7 pounds per person per day in 1960.

Recycling efforts have managed to divert 30 percent of the nation's solid waste from landfills and incinerators..

Recycling reduces air and water pollution and energy consumption associated with production of raw materials.

    Avoid items with excess packaging
    Buy in bulk when you can
    Buy beverages in refillable bottles
    Re-use or carry your own grocery bags to the market
    Refuse a grocery sack when you can hand carry items
    Buy goods packaged in recycled and recyclable materials
    Buy re-usable products, like sponges instead of paper towels
    Use coffee mugs instead of Styrofoam disposable cups