Sustainability means balancing human demand with what the environment can provide both currently and in the future. The greater the demand, be it food, water, space, fuel, energy, air, wood, metal, ect., and the greater the rate of demand , less sustainable our lifestyles are. In order to balance out the supply with the demand, we need to replace, renew, or reinvent how we consume.
How can we possibly accomplish that balance?
State law required that all cities and counties cut their amount of garbage going to landfills in half by the year 2000. We are now required to reach a statewide reduction goal of 75% by 2020. And that law is why we encourage you to reduce and reuse, then recycle and buy recycled. The fact is, over 75 percent of what we throw away can be reduced, reused or recycled. And it's easier than you think.
You can significantly reduce your garbage by selecting products with the least amount of packaging, buying items in bulk, and buying products that can be used over and over again. Disposable products, while convenient, waste resources.
Another way to reduce waste is to address green waste. Keep in mind that leaves and grass clippings account for one-fifth of our garbage and take up a lot of space in our landfills. By mulching or composting your yard waste, you can make a big dent in your garbage and get a batch of home-made soil amendment at the same time.