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According to a recent study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans alone generate about 500 billion pounds or 250 million tons of municipal solid waste per year.

However the ‘zero waste’ strategy - which focuses on people being aware of their personal trash production and making small adjustments to their daily routines to minimize that amount - is considered one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

So the city of Arcata is trying to make a difference by aiming to become a zero waste community, and even declared November 15 as zero waste day!

In this LoCO Video Report we take you to the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, which teamed up with various local organizations to honor the day with fun workshops and handy tips on how to start your zero waste journey.

“People think it’s difficult and expensive,” said Shohei Morita, Arcata’s natural resources aide. “But that’s why we’re here, to educate people that it’s not as difficult as they think. And when you do it, it becomes the norm.”