We can have a major impact on the amount of garbage produced in our state by becoming aware of how much we throw out and changing some of our habits, especially in buying and using everyday products. Environmentally aware consumers are producing less waste by practicing the three R's of recycling: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
For more information on recycling, contact the Environmental Resources Division at (954) 757-4153.
Waste prevention, or source reduction, means consuming and throwing away less by purchasing durable, long-lasting goods, seeking out products and packaging that are as free of toxins as possible, and purchasing products that have a longer life or can be used again.
Reusing items by repairing them, donating them to charity or community groups, or selling them also reduces waste. Reusing products, when possible, is even better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.
Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. Materials like glass, metal, plastics, and paper are collected, separated, and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products.