Learn about Reducing Waste & Recycling
In addition to a handling the day-to-day operations of trash and recycling, Public Works also works to educate the community about the benefits of reducing waste and increasing recycling. From elementary education to PSA’s, our educational efforts all serve to help make Reading a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous place to live and work. Keep an eye out for more materials as we update our website.
Trash and recycling may not be the most glamorous or talked-about topics, but they have a very real impact on your quality of life and the life you leave for your children. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that landfills, where you send your garbage, are the third largest source of methane emissions in the United States. Methane is greenhouse gas and is far more potent than carbon dioxide in affecting the climate. Plus, garbage reduces public health by attracting pests like rodents and mosquitoes – some of which carry disease.
Recycling is generally cheaper and far better for you, your children, and the community – when you recycle something it gets turned into new products, saving valuable natural resources. Take a moment to learn how you can do a better job of dealing with your trash and recycling: