Has New Hampshire surpassed its opportunity to make an environmental change? Can we remain sustainable when and where it comes to landfills, sewer treatment plants and toxic waste? In other words, where will we bury our trash? Every year, the United States generates just about 230 tons of trash! In more human terms, we all carry about 4.6 lbs., of trash with us each day. Talk about junk in the trunk!
Less than one quarter of this trash talk is recycled. Oddly enough though, almost 70 percent of it can be made new again.
Soon the simple fact will be this; New Hampshire will have nowhere to bury its waste. Plain and simple. Our doomsday will come in the form being buried alive by our own gluttony.
Waste treatment plants only have the capability to remove 90 percent of the bacteria that flows in and out of state meaning that our waterways are still inhabited by toxins and disease.
We can incinerate our waste yet this and along with turning it into a viable energy source can be an expensive venture. A venture that is not sustainable.
What can be done to avoid an uncertain wasteful and disastrous trashy future?
1. Just Do It! Waste Less!
2. Less is more. Shop environmentally. Do you really need five containers of Windex to clean one window?
3. Frequent your local Farmer’s Market. Tilton, New Hampshire, provides a wonderful market off season; Saturday and Sunday off I-93, exit 20. Products are local and not pre-packed.
4. Stop Junk Mail. Go to paperless billing.
5. Visit freecycle.com, one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.
6. Buy products stamped with the made of recycled materials label; it makes a world of difference
7. Simply put, live simply
My parents have five phones between the two of them. They never answer any of them. And, most of the time, they aren’t really sure how the ‘new-fangled’ one’s work. In the words of one Jimmy Buffet, “who needs that much organization in their lives.”
Doomsday is coming to a Transfer Station near you New Hampshire. Choose to Reuse.
To opt out for five years: Call toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT-stop unwanted Junk Mail now.