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30 Easy Tips That Will Help Reduce Your Waste

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author image Kelly Plowe, M.S., RD, CSSD
Kelly Plowe is a registered dietitian and the senior supervising producer for LIVESTRONG.COM. She received her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and kinesiology from Michigan State University. Plowe went on to work in Boston as a clinical dietitian while pursuing her master’s degree in advertising from Boston University.
30 Easy Tips That Will Help Reduce Your Waste
Americans create 4.4 pounds of personal trash every day. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/GoodMood Photo

If you had to guess, how many pounds of garbage do you think you produce in a day? Two pounds? Maybe three? Close, kind of. Every day, Americans create 4.4 pounds of individual trash. And that's just municipal waste — tangible products that we throw away, recycle or compost — and not commercial garbage or even water or energy waste.

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The good news is about 34 percent of that garbage is recycled or composted, totaling 87 million tons of material each year. While this is certainly a great effort, more can always be done. Take action with these easy, doable steps to cut down on waste in your home — room by room.

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