UIHS Waste Reduction Program
Working to bring Balance to our Community and our Environment
Today many of the resources we use are quite different than those of the past, but we must share the same respect for our resources as we have in the past. Reduce, reuse, and recycle, our future generations are depending on us.
The UIHS waste reduction efforts have been implemented as a way for UIHS to build upon their reputation for promoting traditional values of land stewardship, their connections within the local American Indian community. UIHS has developed a recycling system at their clinic locations and created guidelines that promote ways to reduce waste.
Recycling is an opportunity to see to it that nothing is wasted. Our elders knew that waste had no place on our land or in our rivers.
Why is waste reduction important to Indian Country?
It goes without saying, Indian Country is beautiful and full of life, but for how long? These days it is the norm to see beer cans, water bottles and plastic bags lining the shores of our rivers and beaches. Unfortunately, they don’t just disappear with next season’s rains. Bottles, cans, and a wide variety of other waste products frequently migrate their way into the ocean and overtime break into microscopic particles that birds and fish consume, ultimately, filling their stomachs with plastic particles that cannot be digested, sadly enough, the build up of plastics frequently results in the starvation of a wide variety of birds and sea life.
One way we can begin to reverse this unnecessary die-off is to return to the traditional approach resource management, an approach that minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace. Keep Indian Country beautiful. Leave no trace, our future generations are depending on us.
Healthy salmon need cool clear rivers that are uninterrupted by dams. Recycling glass, aluminum, and paper conserves natural resources and electricity. Recycling demonstrates our values as actions.
- Recycling one aluminum can save the energy equivalent of one cup of gasoline (Source: Association of New Jersey Recyclers).
- Recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours (EPA).
- When a ton of paper is recycled it requires 60% less energy, 55% less water, produces 35% less water pollution, and 74% less air pollution (source:Treecycle.com).
For the UIHS A to Z Guide to Waste Reduction and Recycling click the PDF attachment below.
UIHS A to Z Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide
Be Native, Be Responsible - Respect the Earth
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