Reduce Reuse Recycle

From corporations, to small businesses, to schools and homes, everyone can do his or her part to recycle. Individual efforts DO help, and communities must work together to reap the full benefits of recycling.

The possibilities are endless: recycling brings benefits both regionally and nationally. The more we recycle, the less waste we generate, which means the less dependent we become on making new landfills in our communities.

Ways to Recycle at Home

  • Reusable Bags - Have a designated bag(s) that can be used over and over again for groceries and shopping. Reuse old plastic and paper bags whenever possible. Rather than using ziploc baggies for storage, use washable containers such as tupperware containers.
  • Envelopes - By sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes. Alternatively, old envelopes can be used as scrap paper to make notes on.
  • Jars and Pots - By cleaning glass jars and small pots, you can use them as small containers to store odds and ends.
  • Old Clothing – Clothing can be donated to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill store.
  • Packaging - Packaging material such as foil and egg cartons can be donated to schools and nurseries, where they can be use in art and craft projects.
  • Packing Material - Newspaper, cardboard and bubble wrap Make useful packing material when moving house or to store items.
  • Scrap Paper - Scrap paper can be used to make notes and sketches. Don't forget to recycle it when you no longer need it.
  • Tires - Old tires can be given to your local petrol station where they will be recycled.
  • Towels - Use washable, reusable towels rather than paper towels.
  • Wood - Used wood can be used in woodcrafts or as firewood.

Saving Energy

  • Don't leave lights on when no one is in the room. If you are going to be out of the room for more than five minutes, turn off the light.
  • If you know of a light that everyone forgets to turn off, make a sticker or a sign to hang next to the switch that says "Lights Out!" or "Don't Forget!"
  • Where possible, use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Those funny-looking bulbs produce the same amount of light by using 1/4 of the electricity. Plus, they last for years and years without burning out.
  • Don't leave on your computer, TVs, radios or games that use electricity when you're not using them.
  • Wasting water wastes electricity. Why? Because the biggest use of electricity in most cities is supplying water and cleaning it up after it's been used! Save energy in the bathroom by fixing leaky faucets and toilets and taking shorter showers. You can also save energy by investing in a low flush toilet or a water saving showerhead.
  • Buy rechargable batteries.
  • Buy Eco-Friendly Products. Eco friendly products are products that do not harm the environment, whether in their production, use or disposal. Some of these going green products when in use, help conserve energy, minimize carbon footprint or the emission of greenhouse gases, and does not lead to substantial toxicity or pollution to the environment. Other green products are biodegradable, recyclable or compostable. Hence, they do not harm the environment or upset the ecological balance when they are disposed of. There are also eco friendly products that are made out of recycled materials. These recycle products help reduce the need for new raw materials and the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators (because waste can be diverted to making recycled products). In turn, demand for these recycle products will also help complete the recycling loop, and sustain the recycling industry.
    Eco-Friendly Labels / Brands
    Energy Star Future Friendly USGBC FSCUSDA Organic CRI Simply Green Energy Saving EPA
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