Of garbage from households, the biggest portion of what is thrown away is made up of paper and paper products. Check out this EPA document for more information.
The website above provides a great visual. Before I looked into it, I thought “paper towels and kleenex” but I also find a lot of the trash bins at the last few offices I worked in had a lot of paper that could be recycled. Why are people still throwing away paper when a recycling bin is right next to it? Collectively, we need to work on reducing the ratio of wasted material, paper shouldn’t lead the chart. Even using less paper towels and re-using cloth towels would make a significant impact.
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