There is a direct connection between your health and the environment. Healthy Communities is a lifestyle program, created by City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services, that offers practical, actionable steps for improving personal health and the health of the environment through reusing, upcycling, composting and recycling. This information is shared through community events and in partnership with other organizations to decrease waste generated and increase recycling in Charlotte.
How Do I Manage My Waste?
The best way to manage your waste is to remember the last waste management option is to place the item in the garbage. There are four different strategies you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle to better manage and reduce waste - reuse, upcycle, recycle and compost.
Four Waste Reduction Strategies
Composting, upcycling, reusing and recycling are four waste reduction strategies that can help improve your health and the environment.
1. Composting is the process of allowing organic matter to decompose as a result of action of aerobic bacteria or fungi and other organisms.
Composting can ::
- Create a better Earth. Composing improves soil and air quality.
- Give back to the Earth. Composting replenishes the Earth's top soil
- Save money. The soil created from composting can be used for gardening.
2. Upcycling is the act of reusing discarded objects in such a way as to create a product of higher or value than the original.
Upcycling can ::
- Save money. Instead of buying new items you can make your own.
- Be a source of income. You can sell the things you make.
- Boost creativity. Upcycling requires creativity and resourcefulness, which are great traits to have.
3. Reusing is the act of using things again, especially in a different way.
Reusing can ::
- Create family traditions. Clothes, jewelry and other items can become family heirlooms.
- Benefit the local community. Items can be donated to charities such as Goodwill, Salvation Army and Crisis Assistance Ministries.
- Ensure products are being used to their fullest extent.
4. Recycling is converting waste into reusable material.
Recycling can ::
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More recycling=less garbage going to the landfill.
- Conserve natural resources, water and energy. Recycling reduces the need to harvest new raw materials.
- Protect wildlife. Recycling conserves trees and other habitats that are important for sustaining wildlife populations.
To register for Healthy Communities events, receive health tips and delicious recipes text HCCLT to 24587!
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