|HOW YOU CAN REDUCE THE
AMOUNT OF WASTE YOU PRODUCE
With some planning, you can help decrease the amount of waste that will make
its way into a landfill. Here are a few examples:
When you shop, you should plan to bring home
fewer materials that will end up in the trash. You should:
- buy bulk-packaged items.
- buy products that aren't disposable.
- buy liquid products that are
- buy products that are recyclable.
- buy products that are enclosed in
reusable or recyclable containers.
- buy fruits and vegetables that are loose
instead of in packages or cans.
- use canvas or material shopping bags
instead of paper or plastic bags.
At home, work and school, you should:
- reuse items as many times as possible
(plastic containers, bags, etc.).
- use mugs, glasses and tableware that are
not made from paper or plastic.
- use a plastic or metal lunchbox instead
of paper bags.
- collect your old magazines and books and
donate them to local schools, hospitals or nursing homes.
- when leaving for vacation, cancel
delivery of your paper or have it delivered to a local school or needy
organization while you are gone.
- make note pads out of scrap paper.
- use both sides of paper for writing or
- use cloth towels and napkins instead of
- contact companies who send you unwanted
mail and ask to be removed from their mailing lists.
- use e-mail whenever possible.
- donate unwanted clothing or appliances
- sell unwanted items at a community
- use a canvas or material bag for
carrying instead of paper or plastic bags.
- use plastic grocery bags for lining
household trash cans instead of purchasing plastic trash can liners.
In your yard, you should:
- compost leaves and grass cuttings
- leave grass cuttings on the lawn or
place them around the base of trees and bushes.
- place chopped up food waste in your
vegetable garden and turn it into the soil.