Reducing waste to help the environment

By Brandie Piper

Published June 5, 2015 on Discover.Monsanto.com.

Think of Earth as a house with 7 billion tenants. Everyone needs to do their part to keep the house clean. Whether it’s finding ways to reuse or conserve water, starting a backyard compost pile or recycling, there’s always room to do more. Friday, June 5 is World Environment Day, and it’s an opportunity to take some time to think of ways to reduce waste and improve the environment.

Recycling and composting are two easy ways to help prevent unnecessary waste from polluting the ground. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says these methods led to a 7 percent decrease in the amount of trash sent to landfills in 2012 compared to 1990.

At a landfill, the ground is lined with a layer of protective plastic. The solid waste is dumped and compacted. Each day the waste is topped with a layer of soil, and the process starts over the next day. When the hole is full, it’s capped with vegetation, sealing the trash for hundreds of years… [continue reading]

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