Partners in Education - Use Less Stuff
"The growth rate keeps up, and the trash rate keeps up per capita," said landfill superintendent Cynthia Mitchell. "So, recycling has grown as well. We get more in our landfill, more in our MRF, each year."
To reduce the amount of trash, we must recycle.
"The more we recycle, the less CO2 is getting in the atmosphere," explained volunteer organizer Christine Gardener. "So, for environmental reasons, it's very important."
When you recycle something, instead of going to the landfill, it goes to the Material Recovery Facility, or MRF, where, employees sort recycled items into bins. When bins fill up, a bailer squishes them into big blocks, which consumers re-use in other products.
Many mid-Missourians already are taking steps to save their environment.
"I feel like people use a lot of trash," said recycler Jen Voelkl. "They throw away a lot of stuff, and a lot of that can be used again. And I think it's important, if it can be used again, that we make use of the materals as much as we can."
Columbia's "Use Less Stuff" campaign encourages residents to use less stuff during the holidays, when consumers produce another one million tons of trash each week.