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Whenever you buy overpackaged or disposable products, you're essentially buying trash. Every year, each of us produces nearly 1600 pounds of trash, most of which still goes to landfills and incinerators.

Americans are recycling more, which is great, but there's an even more effective way to cut down on waste: Simply stated, prevent it.

You prevent waste whenever you reduce your purchases of disposable and overpackaged items or reuse more of what you already have.   It's easy!

When you use less and reuse more, you're helping the environment both "upstream" (when products are manufactured) and "downstream" (when they're disposed of).

By not creating waste--in the form of unnecessary products or packaging--we don't just avoid having to send it to landfills or incinerators. We also avoid having to expend the energy, consume the natural resources, and create the pollution that comes from manufacturing it in the first place.

So choose products that you can use over and over again, and avoid excess packaging. 

Environmental and economic benefits often go hand in hand, and waste prevention is a prime example. When you cut down on trash, you and your community can save on the cost of waste collection and management. You also avoid the cost of replacing throwaway items over and over again.

So think ahead when you buy, and put "Reduce and Reuse" at the top of your shopping list. And remember, when you've done all you can to prevent waste in the first place, recycle what's left!

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