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Visit your local landfill to collect dumping statistics by watching the types of trash people bring to the dump. Identify problem areas and types of waste that are commonly brought to the dump. Propose new uses for common landfill problems like tires, construction materials, plastics, appliances, and computer parts. Measure packaging materials of some common products. Invent ways to reduce the amount of packaging and increase the use of recyclable materials like popcorn or corn-based packing peanuts instead of synthetic packing peanuts. Study the benefit of urban re-use or invent ways for things to be re-used. Track your family's waste statistics by keeping count of the amount of waste and recyclables you produce over a day, month, or week. How much waste do you produce? Find out the population of your town, state, and country to estimate the total amount of waste generated each year! (NREL, 2006, EPA, 2006)

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