Why to Reduce
Why is it important to reduce waste
Reducing waste helps the environment because all items consumed use natural resources and energy and generate pollution during production. Also, although modern landfills are lined, the liners do not have an infinite life and pollutants from garbage can eventually leak into the groundwater and soil. Additionally, using space for landfills means that, over time, there is less space for other activities, such as growing food and housing people. Finally, the energy used to transport garbage from the curb to the landfill creates air pollution at every point along the garbage transfer route.