- Part of the three Rs(Reduce, Reuse, Recycle),reducing is quite simply lowering the total amount of what one might purchase and/or consume. The average American consumes on average .36 pounds of meat per day (USDA 2012). That is .15 pounds more than the recommended intake for the average human. Add that difference up for 365 days and there is a difference (USDA 2012). You can also simply reduce the amount of food tossed into the trash can by serving what you will eat. Whittier College has implemented efforts in the past to address this very issue.
- Reusing an item can reduce the rate at which landfill’s fill up. For example, instead of throwing a grocery bag away after shopping, you can reuse it for many other conveniences. For more information, check out our REUSE tab.
- The most well known of the three Rs, recycling has become the easiest way for anyone to support the environment. Recycling plastic helps keep this item away from landfills and ocean species that get tangled in recyclables that are not properly disposed of. Whittier College has implemented recycling programs within the community and continues to work towards bringing recycling awareness to the Poet Family