Refill Not Landfill
This APRIL commit to REFILL, NOT LANDFILL
Reduce, REUSE, Recycle! During the month of April, we are asking you to focus your attention on the Second “R” and look for opportunities to REUSE. Reusing items to shrink or eliminate the amount of waste that gets landfilled is becoming more important as we look to the future of waste disposal.
Take the Refill NOT Landfill Pledge
This year, the Hanover Consumer Cooperative (the Coop) is sponsoring the 2021 Refill NOT Landfill campaign. Refillable/Reusable prizes will be awarded randomly each week during the month of April and selected from those who commit to Refill. Simply commit to refilling and reducing waste for the month of April to be entered in the drawings.
Take the pledge to refill and reduce waste during the month of April to be entered in the drawings.
Reusing is Easy
REUSING can be easily done with a bit of planning and commitment. For 2021, we are encouraging participants to focus on reducing bottled water. For the month of April, carry a reusable water bottle and fill up at the tap. Other examples of REUSE include: grocery shopping, enjoying a fresh brewed cup of coffee, or consuming your daily intake of water. When grocery shopping, do what the stores are encouraging, and “bring your own” bags. When stopping for coffee, many local coffee shops will give you a discount when you use your own mug. Drinking water is very healthy, have a refillable bottle handy, and fill as needed. In one year, using a reusable water bottle prevents the creation of nearly 1,500 plastic bottles.
Facts to get you thinking
Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles but recycled only 38! Water is a local resource that doesn’t require plastic bottles or transportation. Filling a water bottle saves a lot.
As a nation, we consume more than 40 billion plastic water bottles annually (40 Billion!). Making 40 billion plastic water bottles for Americans requires resources. To produce this quantity of bottles generates over 950,000 tons of CO2 emissions and 850 million pounds of waste.
Nearly 64% of bottled water comes from a municipal water source. That means that consumers in the Upper Valley are spending more than 700 times the price of tap water because it comes in a bottle.
As a nation, we consume 400 million cups of coffee per day (400 Million!) If you buy just one cup of coffee in a disposable cup each day, you’ll create nearly 23 lbs of waste in one year. You may not be aware, but the cups are NOT recyclable or compostable because they are made of a composite paper and plastic material.
Making 400 million disposable coffee cups for American coffee drinkers requires resources. To produce this quantity of cups:
- 9.4 million trees were harvested;
- 363 million pounds of waste were generated; and,
- 3,125,000 tons of CO2 emissions were generated.
Each year, we use nearly 1,500 single-use grocery bags. Only 1% of plastic grocery bags are recycled. Keep a couple bags in your vehicle and bring your own bag next time you go shopping.
There are a number of events this month you can participate in to learn about waste and reduce what you are sending to the Lebanon Landfill.
For more information about reducing your waste, visit LebanonNH.gov/SolidWaste.