Refill Not Landfill
This APRIL commit to REFILL,
Reduce, REUSE, Recycle! During the month of April, we are asking you to focus your attention on the Second “R” and look for opportunities to REUSE. Reusing items to shrink or eliminate the amount of waste that gets landfilled is becoming more important as we look to the future of waste disposal.
Take the Refill NOT Landfill Pledge
This year, the Hanover Consumer Cooperative (the Coop) is sponsoring the 2019 Refill NOT Landfill campaign. Refillable and reusable prizes will be awarded randomly each week during the month of April and selected from those who commit to REFILL.
- Week 1: John Sherman
- Week 2: Susan Kaplan
- Week 3: Renee Dunn
- Week 4: Announcement on Monday April 29th
Refill/Earth Day Events
- Lebanon Food Coop will have a table display for Refill NOT Landfill from 10am to 2pm.
- Jake's Coffee Shop will be promoting their waste reduction efforts all week.
- Lebanon Solid Waste is organizing a community conversation in mid-May to discuss barriers to reuse and how to overcome them. Stay tuned for more information about this event.
Reusing is Easy
REUSING can be easily done with a bit of planning and commitment. Small examples of this include grocery shopping, enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee, or consuming your daily intake of water. When grocery shopping, do what the stores are encouraging, and “bring your own” bags. When stopping for coffee, many local coffee shops will give you a discount when you use your own mug. Drinking water is very healthy, have a refillable bottle handy, and fill as needed.
Facts to get you thinking
Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles but recycled only 38! Water is a local resource that doesn’t require plastic bottles and transportation. Filling a water bottle saves a lot.
As a nation, we consume 400 million cups of coffee per day (400 Million!). If you buy just one cup of coffee in a disposable cup each day, you’ll create nearly 23 lbs of waste in one year.
You may not be aware, but the cups are NOT recyclable or compostable simply because they are made of a composite paper and plastic material. Making 400 million disposable coffee cups for American coffee drinkers requires resources. To produce this quantity of cups:
- 9.4 million trees were harvested;
- 363 million pounds of waste were generated; and,
- 3,125,000 tons of CO2 emissions were generated.
Each year, we use nearly 1,500 single-use grocery bags. Only 1% of plastic grocery bags are recycled. Keep a couple of bags in your vehicle and bring your own bag next time you go shopping.
There are a number of events this month you can participate in to learn about waste and reduce what you are sending to the Lebanon Landfill.
For more information about reducing your waste, visit LebanonNH.gov/SolidWaste.