By Carol Bengle Gilbert, Yahoo! Contributor Network
If your family is like the typical American family, you produce about 1,600 pounds of trash per year, or 4.6 pounds per person per day.
Those figures are enough to make most of us cringe. We can pat ourselves on the back for our recycling efforts- reclaiming about one-third of what would otherwise go to the landfill--but what about the other two-thirds?
Here are some tips to help you cut down on the amount of trash your family sends to the landfill:
With curb-side recycling, it's easier to recycle than without. But even those of us with handy recycling options sometimes get lazy. The plastic jar full of goo, food scraps, and items we aren't sure are recyclable add up faster than we think.
EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge encourages us to reduce waste to zero. It's a tough challenge, but we can start by recognizing where our recycling efforts need improvement. About 35 percent of municipalRead More »from Five ways to reduce your family's weekly waste