Refill Not Landfill
In APRIL commit to REFILL,
Reduce, REUSE, Recycle! During the month of April, we asked you to focus your attention on the Second “R” and look for opportunities to REUSE. Reusing items to shrink or eliminate the amount of waste that gets landfilled is becoming more important as we look to the future of waste disposal.
Taking the Refill NOT Landfill Pledge
This year, the Hanover Consumer Cooperative (the COOP) sponsored our 2019 Refill NOT Landfill campaign by offering refillable/reusable prize packages that were awarded randomly each week during the month of April. Winners were selected from those who commited to REFILL by taking our online Refill NOT Landfill pledge.
The pledge drive is now closed but we wanted to thank all who participated by pledging to Refill NOT Landfill during the month of April. We hope you will continue to make a personal commitment to reuse, refill, and recycle all year long.
A very special thank you to the COOP for their extraordinary support and generous prize packages
We look forward to renewing our efforts next April.
2019 Refill Winners
Congratulations to the following people who were randomly chosen as winners in the 2019 Refill NOT Landfill campaign:
- Week 1: John Sherman
- Week 2: Susan Kaplan
- Week 3: Renee Dunn
- Week 4: Jennifer Riccio
Reusing is Easy
REUSING can be easily done with a bit of planning and commitment. Small examples of this include grocery shopping, enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee, or consuming your daily intake of water. When grocery shopping, do what the stores are encouraging, and “bring your own” bags. When stopping for coffee, many local coffee shops will give you a discount when you use your own mug. Drinking water is very healthy, have a refillable bottle handy, and fill as needed.
Facts to get you thinking
Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles but recycled only 38! Water is a local resource that doesn’t require plastic bottles and transportation. Filling a water bottle saves a lot.
As a nation, we consume 400 million cups of coffee per day (400 Million!). If you buy just one cup of coffee in a disposable cup each day, you’ll create nearly 23 lbs of waste in one year.
You may not be aware, but the cups are NOT recyclable or compostable simply because they are made of a composite paper and plastic material. Making 400 million disposable coffee cups for American coffee drinkers requires resources. To produce this quantity of cups:
- 9.4 million trees were harvested;
- 363 million pounds of waste were generated; and,
- 3,125,000 tons of CO2 emissions were generated.
Each year, we use nearly 1,500 single-use grocery bags. Only 1% of plastic grocery bags are recycled. Keep a couple of bags in your vehicle and bring your own bag next time you go shopping.
There are a number of events this month you can participate in to learn about waste and reduce what you are sending to the Lebanon Landfill.
For more information about reducing your waste, visit LebanonNH.gov/SolidWaste.