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List all the wastes that you generate at home, school or during your trips to other places. Could you very easily reduce the generation of these wastes? Which would be difficult or rather impossible to reduce?

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  • Food waste (e.g., leftovers, spoiled food)
  • Packaging waste (e.g., plastic bags, cardboard boxes, food containers)
  • Paper waste (e.g., junk mail, newspapers, magazines)
  • Electronic waste (e.g., old cell phones, computers, batteries)
  • Household hazardous waste (e.g., cleaning products, pesticides, batteries, light bulbs)
  • Clothing and textile waste (e.g., old clothes, sheets, towels)

Yes, many of these wastes can be easily reduced through simple actions such as:

  • Composting food waste instead of throwing it in the garbage.
  • Bringing reusable bags and containers to the grocery store or for takeout food.
  • Printing and using paper only when necessary.
  • Recycling electronic waste.
  • Using non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products.
  • Donating or repurposing old clothes and textiles instead of throwing them away.

However, some wastes may be more difficult or impossible to reduce, such as medical waste, construction waste, or industrial waste. In such cases, proper disposal and management practices can help to minimize their impact on the environment.

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