Waste, a Terrible Thing to Waste!

Recycling seems to have become the latest fad, but its safe to say that monitoring initial consumption is much more important than recycling. That's why reusable bottles are encouraged over recycling plastic ones right? Today, we are going to take a look at two programs happening in Wake County: Styrofoam recycling and composting!

Styrofoam, the petroleum based product we all know and love, has become an increasingly serious problem across the United States. Many municipal recycling programs do not find value in Styrofoam recycling, but Wake County is currently taking steps in exploring the feasibility of implementing such a program in our area. Through this program, only non-food Styrofoam could be recycled and the material, after processing, would be resold to manufacturers for use. While still in the pilot stages, a recycling program such as this would only serve to benefit the Wake County community, and even diminish the amount of waste ending up in landfills every year. However, if our objective is to reduce waste in landfills, then we must be conscious of those products that we consume in the first place- remember: REDUCE first, then REUSE, and then RECYCLE when you don't have another option! For more information on the pilot program, check out this link

Waste not! This motto holds true for composting, another phenomenon that is taking Wake County by storm. On May 7th from 9am to 3pm, Raleigh Recycling and Wake County will be co-sponsoring a compost bin sale at 4121 New Bern Ave in Raleigh. Larger bins and kitchen sized bins will be available, all for reasonable prices! Waste really is a terrible thing to waste and compost bins are a great option for those of us who want to get the most out of our food- literally! For more information on the bin sale, check out this link

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