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Amanda Rodriquez

Garibaldis

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 50 This Week
  • 321 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3.0
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    34
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5.0
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    7.0
    pounds
    waste composted

Amanda's Actions

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided when I have to print documents.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

RESEARCH LOCAL WASTE SITES

I will spend 60 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Amanda Rodriquez 9/26/2022 1:50 PM
    My mom is a plastic water buyer. When I moved to my new apartment she brought me packs of water and while I save them to give them back to her, I couldn't help but to feel guilty. I think it's interesting that her conditioning makes her see plastic and thinks financial opportunity (from recycling) but I see it and think about our oceans. I don't necessarily trust tap water, so for the time being I am buying large gallons of water till I can invest in a berkey water filter that will eliminate my plastic bottle use entirely. My son and I use reusable water bottles to drink from daily. It's already become a habit that I hope can inspire my mom.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Amanda Rodriquez 9/17/2022 2:50 PM
    Since I started composting, I've noticed how much food goes to waste because I'm not planning my week correctly. I buy too much produce, it goes bad, and I have to toss it. Because I have to mix in 2 times more browns than waste, it visually puts my waste amount into perspective. When I go to the market, I feel the need to buy food for the week when in reality, it doesn't get eaten because my son and I are out most of the time. If I hadn't started composting, I probably wouldn't be aware of the amount of waste I produce, and all change begins with awareness.