On average, the world generates 3.5 million tons of solid waste per day. That’s 10 times the amount we produced just a century ago. At this rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2020 and we'll be sending 11 million tons of trash to landfill daily by 2100.
My work with The Alliance Center, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing people together to create a sustainable and equitable future, has shown me just how necessary waste diversion is in today's world. Reducing the amount of garbage you produce is the best way to help clean up this trash epidemic, and what better time to start than the New Year? Here are a few of my organization's top tips for cutting down on trash in 2018: