US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

A guide for multi-cultural community groups


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No one knows your community better than you do. As a community-based organization, community leader or  activist, you are in a unique position to take the lead in raising awareness about resource conservation, good solid waste management, and safeguarding the environment for future generations.

Did you know that:

Over 230 million tons of garbage are produced annually in the United States—that equals 4.5 pounds per person per day.

Trash provides breeding grounds for rats, cockroaches, and other pests that can, in turn, have negative health effects.

Clean, trash-free neighborhoods are safer for children to play in.

Clean communities promote a positive community identity and can result in increased economic development.

Working Together for a Healthy Environment is designed to help you plan and execute community events that promote the 3Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

There are many things communities can do— and are doing—to create cleaner, safer, healthier, and more economically viable places to live, work, and play. NOW is the time to take action!

A few words of advice: As you start planning your campaign, you may find that certain activities suggested in this guide are more relevant to your community’s needs than others. Or, you may need to conduct additional educational workshops, provide more publicity, or focus on school or business events. Pick and choose activities and events that work best for your community.

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