That’s a wrap! WasteBusters 2019
Got Trash? We all do. But, what to do about it is up to you.
In March 2019, we had 265 Clark County residents and 16 groups participate in the annual WasteBusters Challenge. They pledged to eliminate disposable cups, bring your own bag, and plan daily meals for three weeks.10 particicpants and a leading group won prizes!
This annual waste reduction challenge is hosted on an interactive website where community members can find resources, share ideas, and earn points to win prizes! Simply make an account and take one of the waste-busting pledges. Whether it’s a simple action like recycling right or using a reusable bag, every step towards less waste is a step towards a healthier environment and community.
Interested in participating? Sign up for our reminder list, and we’ll let you know when the next challenge is about to start! The pledges are different each year to keep you improving year after year.
Explore the vast resources on this website for more information on recycling, waste reduction, food waste, composting, and more!
The 2019 pledges
Eliminate single-use cups by bringing your own
Americans throw away 50 billion coffee cups every year. That's A LOT, and it's preventable! By pledging to bring your own mug each time you get a drink to-go, you can help cut back on the amount of cups that get sent to the landfill (since single-use coffee cups aren't recyclable). Bring your favorite reusable cup for your morning coffee, or start brewing at home, to make an impact. Learn more here.
Use no single-use grocery bags
Plastic bag bans have been enacted all over the country. You can pledge to join the fight, and opt out of all single-use bags when you hit the grocery store. Bringing your own reusable bag is as easy as keeping a spare in your car, grabbing one before you leave the house, or purchasing some at the checkout.
Although plastic bags are not recyclable in Clark County, they continue to be one of the major contaminants in the recycling stream, and can cause facilities to completely shut down as they are detangled from sorting machines. Of the 100 billion plastic bags Americans use each year, many end up in our oceans and waterways, causing threats to wildlife. Paper bags use forest resources and even more energy than plastic bags to produce, as well as being bulkier, thereby taking up more space in landfills. In the end, bringing your own is always the best option! Learn more here.
Plan out your daily meals
How can planning your meals reduce waste? While it may not seem immediately obvious, good planning is key to a Zero Waste kitchen and minimal food waste. By planning ahead, you can purchase food in bulk or with minimal packaging instead of running through a drive-through. Planning also means you can anticipate how much you plan to eat, instead of over-preparing. Less uneaten food means less food waste in your garbage! Learn more here.