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Akhil V Bansal Abhijith Shetty

Most creative ways to solve environmental problems minimize consumption. Modern
consumer culture encourages people to define low prices as high value, but inexp
ensive items, such as furniture and clothing, often wear out quickly and must be
replaced. By minimizing consumption of newly manufactured products, either thro
ugh buying items with a longer lifespan or those that are used, resources are no
t consumed in manufacturing

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place Th
e waste heirarchy

How to do it! Use light bulbs with a long life. Use a water filter instead of bu
ying bottled water. Use pencils or re-useable pens instead of disposable pens. R
ent or borrow items instead of buying them. Use email or phone calls instead of
sending letters, faxes, or reports when possible.

Consumption of natural resources to the extent possible Emission of carbon into
atmosphere Developmental projects affecting environment Human activities acceler
ating global warming and climate changes Deforestation for developmental activit
ies Consumption of non biodegradable materials in every day life Consumption of
energy to reduce pollution and exploitation of nature

All spent natural resources to reduce more fresh consumption All materials manuf
actured with trees/plants for their conservation All recycled materials to reduc
e the demand ALSO: Education. It is not this simple to solve our currentday envi
ronmental problems.

Buy products that have been refurbished (they cost less, often come with warrant
ies, and keep the product from ending up in a landfill). Never write or print on
just one side of a paper. If you have paper that is used only on one side, use
the other side for scratch paper, notes, or printing out pages for your househol
d organizer notebook. Use reusable shopping bags instead of the paper of plastic
the stores offer. Use rechargeable batteries.

Recycling involves the collection of used and discarded materials processing the
se materials and making them into new products. It reduces the amount of waste t
hat is thrown into the community dustbins thereby making the environment cleaner
and the air more fresh to breathe. All wasted/spent natural resources to reduce
their consumption All used materials with the available technologies All used m
aterials manufactured with trees/plants to reduce deforestation

The steps involved in the process prior to recycling include a) Collection of wa
ste from doorsteps, commercial places, etc. b) Collection of waste from communit
y dumps. c) Collection/picking up of waste from final disposal sites.

Waste recycling has some significant advantages. It leads to less utilization of
raw materials. reduces environmental impacts arising from waste treatment and d
isposal. makes the surroundings cleaner and healthier. saves on landfill space.
saves money. reduces the amount of energy required to manufacture new products.

Single Stream Recyclables Aerosol cans containing no propellant or material Alum
inum: Cans and clean foil Beverage and food containers Clean glass, steel, and t
in Paper: Paper wrappers Magazines Newspaper Blueprint paper All envelopes Junk
mail Telephone books Paperback books

Other Recyclables Corrugated cardboard Plastic bottles or containers with a #1-7
recycling symbol on the bottom (rigid plastic only, not plastic film) Batteries
Computers and electronic devices Empty toner cartridges Miscellaneous office eq
uipment and furniture

What's not recyclable? Carbon paper Wax-coated papers Plastic-coated papers Tiss
ue or paper towels Paper or containers contaminated by food or other organic was
te Plastic film Styrofoam Trash

For a Better World Tomorrow

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Let Us Apply This Concept To One of The Best Invention Mankind has Come Up With

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