April 1, 2015

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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Can You Answer This Riddle: How Does Getting Rid of Trash Cans Reduce Trash?

What if people REALLY are SO lazy that they cannot be “inconvenienced” to do something to help THEIR environment? What if people think it’s truly THAT difficult to institute small changes in their daily behaviors in order to make a big difference? This is what inspired us to start writing “Tips for How To Create Less Trash Tuesday.”

Each Tuesday, someone from the World Is Your Dumpster movement will share a new, simple tip that they implement in their daily lives in order to create less waste.

This week we’re highlighting a group of people and how their actions are helping clean up the New York City subway system and our commutes: The MTA

New York City’s MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) has made nearly 40 subway stations trash can free in the past years, starting with a pilot program in 2011.

“The pilot appears counterintuitive, but when we placed notices at the pilot stations indicating that the cans had been removed and asked the customers for their cooperation, it looks like they listened,” said Carmen Bianco, president of New York City Transit.

According to AM New York, the MTA removes 40 tons of garbage each day from stations throughout NYC, and only half of it is recycled.  The group wanted to figure out how to reduce trash, rat infestations and track fires, which lead to 1400 train delays annually.  This innovative and offbeat pilot program seemed to address all these problems.

A significant reduction in trash from can-free stations has been recorded by the MTA, thereby requiring less man-power and fuel to remove it, less tracks fires and less train delays.  Less trash for our planet and less wasted time for us, it’s a win-win for ALL!

Bravo, MTA, we tip our reclaimed, sustainably made, organic caps to you!

Remember, a small action can have a BIG impact.

Do you have a great idea of how to reduce, reuse, recycle and create less trash? Submit it to The World Is Your Dumpster and help us create a less wasteful world.

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Life Hack to Improve Your Daily Routine: Less Trash Tuesday

What if people REALLY are SO lazy that they cannot be “inconvenienced” to do something to help THEIR environment? What if people think it’s truly THAT difficult to institute small changes in their daily behaviors in order to make a big difference? This is what inspired us to start writing “Tips for How To Create Less Trash Tuesday.”

Each Tuesday, someone from the World Is Your Dumpster movement will share a new, simple tip that they implement in their daily lives in order to create less waste.

This week’s tip comes from Ella in Manhattan:

“As I was clearing out the takeout napkins from my daily commuter bag, I thought of the World Is Your Dumpster and wanted to pass this on to help our community save money while reducing trash. When you grab a quick slice from your favorite NYC pizzeria, ice cream shop, a sandwich from your local bodega, whatever–do you end up throwing away more unused napkins than used ones?

Why waste perfectly good napkins? I just throw them in my backpack, or fold them into my pocket to use later. They always end up having a purpose, either for me or someone else (I shared some with a woman on the subway, yesterday).

Whatever makes it back to my apartment goes into a kitchen drawer and we use them for casual dinners.

Why be fancy, when you can be thrifty and earth-friendly?!”

Remember, a small action can have a BIG impact.

Do you have a great idea of how to reduce, reuse, recycle and create less trash? Submit it to The World Is Your Dumpster and help us create a less wasteful world.

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