Waste Reduction, Or Waste Prevention

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Kyle Yue
Engineering 1 T.4, P.3/4
29 April 2015
Technology Sector Report
Waste reduction, or waste prevention, is critical in today’s growing world population. In a society with so many people, and an ever-growing population, resources need to be saved and used sparingly. Waste reduction is a method of managing the waste created and how it is disposed of. Waste reduction means that less waste is produced, which equals less waste removal costs, and helps keep the environment clean. Waste reduction can be achieved through the using of less plastic and other similar materials that get thrown into landfills, and by using every-day, reusable objects, such as water bottles and silverware, instead of plastic bottles and plastic utensils.
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Granulators are similar to grinders, but they take already-reduced pieces of material and make the pieces even smaller, allowing recycling these once-large pieces of wood to be a lot easier. A more unique method is to use a compactor which compresses waste so that the waste takes up a smaller area, and therefore, less space. Compactors are used at recycling centers and junkyards to reduce the area that solid waste takes up.
The idea of waste reduction began long before modern machines were put to use. In 1908, A.A. Low created the first paper shredder: the “Waste Paper Receptacle” but was never put to commercial manufacturing because he never had the incentive to do so. The first paper shredder put to sale actually came in 1936, when German Adolf Ehinger produced the first commercial paper shredder. In 1921, the world’s first geothermal power plant was built in California. In 1965, the first federal solid waste management law, the Solid Waste Disposal Act, was authorized by Congress. On April 22, 1970, the U.S. celebrated the first annual Earth Day. Later that year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created. In 1972, Washington state started the first buy-back recycling center, accepting newspapers, beer bottles, and aluminum cans. This buy-back recycling center led to the ones that would give people money for their recyclable products, giving people an incentive to recycle more often. The U.S.
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