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Waste reduction maybe the preferred approach to promoting recycling alone. Waste reduction has such a vast potential for benefits it cannot be totally predicted. How much waste reduction is achievable depends on how much effort is made. Success in reducing waste starts with human actions and choices.


Waste reduction has several aspects, all of which should be addressed. One is toxicity reduction, in which the nature of the waste is changed by reducing manufacturer's use of toxic materials in consumer products. Another is volume reduction – cutting the amount of waste generated by using less material in the first place. Waste reduction also includes encouraging the production of products that can be recycled more easily, such as shifting from multi-material to one-material packaging.


Other options to reduce wastes include the redesign of products, material use changes, and restrictions on specific product types.actors and requires an examination of opportunities.

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Planet First Foundation is an environmental nonprofit  charity that is committed to reducing reliance on single-use plastics in increasing recycling to reduce our footprint.

Founded in the United States in 2019 by Samuel Melnick, Planet First Foundation is focused on becoming one of the most effective organizations targeting a reduction of the excess creation of non-recyclable waste.  Scientists have long recognized that plastics biodegrade slowly, if at all, and pose multiple threats to wildlife on land and in oceans through entanglement and consumption.  More recent reports highlight dangers posed by absorption of toxic chemicals in the water and by plastic odors that mimic some species’ natural food.

 

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