Opinion: Recycle your way to ‘zero waste’

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MICHELE S. BYERS / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Trash seems to be an inevitable part of life in our modern culture. But is it possible to reduce your garbage by half? How about 75 percent … or even all of it?

New Jersey has always been in the forefront of trash reduction. In April 1987, this state we’re in became the first in the nation to require recycling. But some people are going further.

Proponents of the “zero waste” movement say it’s possible to create so little trash that you can eliminate garbage cans and curbside pickups. Some zero waste devotees manage to fit an entire year’s worth of trash in one small glass jar! …

Michele S. Byers is executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

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