The United States throws out roughly 63,000 truck loads of garbage per day. According to, here is the approximate amount of time the following items take to decompose when not recycled:

  • Glass Bottles: 1 million years
  • Plastic Bottles: 450 years
  • Plastic Bags: 10-20 years
  • Disposable Diapers: 550 years
  • Aluminum Cans: 80-200 years
  • Cigarette Butts: 10-12 years

These are just some of the types of garbage people are putting into landfills every day. The list keeps going on. With such staggering numbers of how long it takes these products to decompose, it would take around a million years to get rid of all the garbage. Thus, it is extremely important we start to reuse products when possible instead of sending them straight to the landfill.

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Jefferson Recycling specializes in helping the environment and helping our customers practice better habits. Here are 6 ways you can easily reduce the amount of garbage you throw away:


  1. Switch To Cloth Towels Instead Of Paper

This is an easy switch that will keep your garbage from filling up every day. Cloth towels can be thrown in the washing machine after a couple of uses. You be the judge. Either way, you are saving the environment while also saving money.


  1. Invest In Reusable Shopping Bags

Have you ever realized how many plastic bags you can go through in just one shopping trip? Instead, it’s a smart idea to invest in reusable bags at your local supermarket. If you prefer to use the regular plastic bags provided, let us recycle the plastic bags for you.


  1. Always Recycle Glass

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used over and over again with proper disposal. Some people might not know it, but glass is made from sand that is not harmful to the environment when in the hands of professionals.


  1. Buy Different Colored Garbage Bins

Make a plan at home for all your family members to know what product goes in what bin. Have a bin for glass and plastic, a bin for cardboard, and a bin for garbage. If you stay organized, it can make recycling a lot easier of a process. Your family will feel instantly better knowing you are being appreciative of the environment.

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  1. Know What Cannot Be Recycled

If you know what is not able to be recycled, you can try to be more conscious of how often you purchase or use these items. Products such as light bulbs, stickers, gift-wrap, mirrors, potato chip bags, or medical waste cannot be recycled. Therefore, you should try to limit your use or find ways to make the products last for as long as possible.


  1. Get Involved In A Recycling Program

Jefferson Recycling can help solve your garbage disposal problems. We are committed to making recycling easy for you to do, so it becomes a part of every day life. You can easily set up a waste management and recycling schedule with Jefferson Recycling. You will never have to worry about where your garbage is going again. You make the call and we’ll handle the rest for you.


Contact Jefferson Recycling at (973)-361-1589 to find out how we can help you start recycling today. Chances are we have a reusable purpose for something you might have wanted to throw out in the past.  Let us manage your waste and help you improve the environment. If we all join in, we can make a difference together.