Author: Carol

How to Reduce the Waste in Your Community

How to Reduce the Waste in Your Community

Dumpster Diving to Shame Stores and Fight Waste

You would never, ever guess that in my past I once lived in a dumpster. It wasn’t in a city where I grew up—it was in a small town on the outskirts of Toronto in a very, very poor neighborhood. We had a very limited water supply, a lot of garbage piled up in the street, and some of the kids were really, really poor. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like if I didn’t move out of there.

Once I moved out of that environment, I realized there are many people out there who live in places that are toxic and unpleasant, and they work very, very hard to clean up their communities in order to live a happier life. To me, it just made sense to start doing something about it, and so I decided to start a movement to help reduce the amount of trash we produce in our communities across the world. We have so much garbage in the world that we should be trying to reduce it, even if it were only for a few days a week. Dumpsters are the perfect tool because they can be easily set up where it’s convenient for the user, and because they are so easy to get rid of.

Let’s look at the current state of trash in the United States. In 2015, the United States produced about 743.6 million tons of trash, which was 8.1 percent of our total garbage production, with a total volume of 1.06 trillion US tons. That’s a lot of trash, and it makes me feel that we can start to get something significant done by addressing the trash problem. Let’s look at how we can reduce it even more.

A Dumpster Diving Study

The first step in developing our trash-in-motion movement is to start a big dumpster diving study and ask people how they do it. This

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