One thing we can all agree on is that we produce trash and a lot of it. Some of that trash goes into giant landfills, but most ends up in waterways and eventually into oceans where mammoth garbage islands form. An estimated 30% of food scraps and yard waste of what could have been composted, and 55% of what could have been recycled end up in landfills. The ideal way to reduce trash is to follow a zero-waste lifestyle and quit using disposables altogether; however, the next step is to reuse what we can from these disposables. The effectiveness of recycling has been questioned for many different reasons over the past couple of years. I will address some of the most common concerns in the rest of this article.