Preventing pollution trumps recycling

What did you do this week to prevent pollution?

Promoters of National

Pollution Prevention Week, which ended officially Sept. 22 but is never really

over, hope you used fewer toxic cleaning solutions, chose environment-friendly

products whenever possible, and put some alternative thought into

recycling.

An example of the latter, says Hawaii’s Department of Health, is

a bar serving beer in bottles and recycling the empties. That practice still

creates potential waste. But if the beer is served straight from a reusable

keg, the potential for waste is eliminated.

Nothing against recycling. It’s

good for the environment, especially on Kaua’i, where recycling programs aren’t

nearly at the level they can be. But recycling is just a way to deal with

waste. On the other hand, preventing pollution is a way to keep waste from

being generated, period.

In a perfect world, businesses and citizens would

reduce waste by reducing the use of certain products and product packaging.

It’s something to think about.

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