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5 Winter Habits To Avoid Increased Landfill Usage

5 Winter Habits To Avoid Increased Landfill Usage

Winter is a time when you can end up with huge piles of rubbish, including leftover food no one wants to eat, wrapping paper, ornaments, beverage bottles, yard waste, and unwanted gifts. As with other times of the year, you can reduce waste through getting in habits of reducing, reusing, and recycling. The five tips below will reduce the amount of waste your household produces and may actually save you money too. Anything you throw into a landfill or dumpster, after all, represents money you are throwing away.

Yard Waste

Late Fall and Winter produce yard waste in the form of dead leaves and grass trimmings, as well as branches and dead flowers you prune in preparation for winter. There are several ways to reduce yard waste and at the same time improve the quality and health of your yard. Invest in a mulching mower which recycles grass clipping back into your yard. Leaves and other dead plant matter can be made into mulch or composted to make fertilizer. Landscaping with rock gardens and evergreens will also reduce yard waste.

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Food Waste

The key to avoiding food waste is careful planning. Think of food in terms of planning menu cycles, where you might have a roast chicken one day, a stir-fry the next day, and chicken soup the third day. Rather than shopping impulsively, make a list and stick with it. Another way to reduce waste is to learn how to make soups and stews. Almost any leftover meat, beans, or vegetables can be added to a stew or soup. If you buy more food than your family can eat in a couple of days, perhaps taking advantage of discounts or specials at your local store, freeze the extra food in separate meal-sized portions which can be quickly and conveniently reheated in a microwave. Finally, compost left over food scraps to make a rich fertilizer for your garden.

Holiday Wrappings and Ornaments

Although a batch of beautifully wrapped presents looks enticing, the next day all of those lovely wrappings can turn into an ugly group of overstuffed garbage bags. There are several ways to present gifts without spending extra money on packaging that goes directly into the garbage. First, reusable stockings are an attractive way to display small gifts. Next, make sure to unwrap gifts carefully so you can reuse wrappings. Consider reusing ornamental shopping bags or crocheting or knitting attractive totes that are useful after the holidays as a way of “wrapping” gifts. Ornaments can also be reused. Rather than buy and toss out an indoor Christmas tree, plant a pine or fir tree outdoors and decorate it, and then place your presents beneath a window looking out over a beautiful living tree.

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Gifts

While giving gifts is a winter holiday tradition, they can also be a waste of money and contribute to landfill disposal usage. We all have received many gifts we don’t like or don’t use, especially from relatives. The day after Christmas was called “Boxing Day” because it was a day people boxed up unwanted gifts and donated them to the poor. The ugly sweater you will never wear could keep a homeless person warm in freezing temperatures and the toys your kids will never use could make a child living in poverty very happy.

For older children, consider something useful like phone minutes or a gift card. Younger children can benefit from downloadable films or games that have no packaging at all. For adults, or even more mature children, consider giving to charity. Donating to a poor family or spending Christmas day helping at a soup kitchen is more in the spirit of the holidays than going shopping and creates no waste at all.

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Shopping

If you go shopping during the winter sales, you can bring back armfuls of bags and packaging that go right into the garbage. Save money and landfill space by investing in inexpensive, reusable tote bags.

Featured photo credit: Waste2ValueIndia.com via waste2valueindia.com

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Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

Common Sense

There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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Motorcycles

Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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Walking

People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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Final Thoughts

The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?

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