Another way to contribute to the closing of the recycling loop is to reduce your trash. We've already talked about buying items made from recycled content and using our consumer buying power to influence what products are available.
We can also reduce the amount of waste that we create by purchasing products with less packaging and making better choices in our daily life. Again, it's not all or nothing, do what you can and feel comfortable with. Here are a few ways to reduce your trash:
|Buy in bulk - one large box of cereal produces less waste than several small boxes (and it's usually less expensive too).|
|Purchase products with the least amount of packaging - A bottle of vitamins packaged using a cellophane wrapper produces less waste than a bottle of vitamins packaged in a box. One large bag of potato chips produces less waste than the variety pack packaged as individual servings.|
|If you are not providing your own shopping bag when making purchases, opt not to take one if you are able to carry your items without it.|
|Use lunch boxes instead of brown bags when packing yours or your child's lunch.|
|Opt to receive e-bills instead of paper bills, e-statements instead of paper statements, and pay your bills online instead of using checks and envelopes. (and you save postage).|
|Purchase products packaged with recyclable material - Purchase eggs in a paperboard carton instead of a Styrofoam one.|
|Avoid using disposable items such as paper plates, cups, eating utensils.|
|Use refillable razors instead of disposable razors.|
|Purchase fresh fruits instead of canned fruits or those packaged as individual servings.|
|Use products that are concentrated and use less packaging - concentrated fabric softener and detergent use less packaging than the regular.|
|Reduce your trash by purchasing items that are refillable or returnable.|
|Use reusable gift bags instead of wrapping paper.|
|Take cloth or mesh shopping bags to the store instead of using paper or plastic (some stores will offer you a credit if you provide your own bag).|
|Leave the grass clipping on your lawn instead of bagging them. The clippings also help fertilize your lawn.|
|Stop unwanted junk mail! Use the following link and phone number to find steps you can take to keep from getting all that JUNK!|
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What to Recycle Next
Now that you are more comfortable with the recycling basics, we can start doing even more to help the environment. Learn what to recycle next.
Buying Recycled Products
Buying recycled products helps close the recycling loop and create a bigger demand for products made from recycled content.
Reducing the Amount of Your Trash
You can reduce your trash by purchasing products with less packaging and making better choices in your daily life.
Recycling Food Scraps
Make compost from your kitchen scraps and yard waste. Reduce your waste while providing nutrients for your plants and garden.
Recycling Hazardous Waste
Keep our soil and water from becoming tainted, recycle hazardous waste. Ensure it doesn't end up in a landfill.