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Beyond the 3 R’s: A Primer in Waste Reduction

Posted by Recycle Coach on Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:45 AM

Many of us are familiar with the 3 R's of waste management – reduce, reuse, and recycle. Waste management leads to waste reduction, which helps save communities time and money.

What are the origins of the 3 R’s?
The 3 R’s are a product of the increased environmental awareness of the 1970’s. Early in the decade, close to 20 million Americans celebrated the first national Earth Day to increase awareness around environmental issues. As conservation efforts grew, the federal government responded by forming the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress passed laws such as the Resource Recovery Act.


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Topics: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, waste reduction, waste hierarchy, upcycling, repurposing, refuse, repair, regift, zero waste city, greenest city in north america

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