Our community cares a lot about the environment, and wants to recycle as much as possible. We're proud that our community is so committed to recycling.
America's waste system makes consumers responsible for dealing with packaging. But, companies are the ones who decide what materials to use in their packaging. Because they don't have to deal with the waste, they might not prioritize using a material that's easy to recycle.
Unfortunately, the system for recycling StyrofoamTM is limited, so consumers have few options. It's frustrating not to have easy access to the recycling services you want. However, looking at the big picture, there are other waste issues that may have a bigger environmental benefit.
StyrofoamTM feels like it should be a big problem in our landfill because it's bulky, but it only makes up 0.5% of the landfill by weight. In comparison, food makes up 22% of residential garbage by weight. When food is thrown away in the landfill, it releases methane gas. Composting more of our food waste will have a bigger environmental benefit.
A lot of residents are already composting all their food scraps, and want to do more to help. The next big goal we have for the community is to make less waste overall. That means producing less garbage, less recycling, and less compost.
Learn about ways you can make less waste at your home