Cut Your Waste, Grant County!
- is a public education initiative that provides citizens with suggestions for reducing their waste, thus preempting the need for recycling, and saving expensive space in our local landfill.
- offers easy, common-sense ways to reduce the amount of waste you put into your trash bin by offering ideas and resources from community members and respected sources.
“Many of the waste reduction ideas are painless and can even be fun. My personal goal is to reduce my family’s food waste and the amount of packaging used in the food I buy. There are lots of resources available to help us, and our family, friends and neighbors have great ideas. Together as a community we can do this.”
— Allyson Siwik, Director, Gila Resources Information Project in Silver City.
Economic, environmental, or civic responsibility? Whichever, the need for swift action, at the individual level, is imperative. A recent Surfrider Foundation report, a non-profit group working to stop plastic pollution in our oceans, says 1,500 plastic bottles are consumed every second in the United States, and that bottled water alone accounts for up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste every year.
“These figures blow my mind — 1,500 single-use plastic water bottles every second in the U.S.? It’s crazy and, at the same time, paradoxically, it’s encouraging, because there are many easy, money-saving alternatives to single-use plastic bottles for obtaining our drinking water. We as a society, just need to decide that it’s important enough to change our habits. I’m confident that we, of Grant County, can make those changes.”
— Jeff Goin, Director, The Lotus Center in Silver City.