Before You Recycle

Reduce the amount of material requiring disposal:

  • Avoid the purchase of bulky, disposable items
  • Pass on magazines, books and catalogs to neighbors, hospitals and nursing homes
  • Buy products in reusable containers or in simple packaging
  • The average family of 4 pays $1 for packaging in every $11 spent for groceries

Reuse as much as possible:

  • Plastic containers can be reused for food storage, glass jars for nail, tacks, etc.
  • Reuse wrapping paper, plastic bags, boxes and lumber
  • Give outgrown clothing to friends or donate them to a local charity
  • Buy beverages in returnable containers
  • Try to repair before you consider replacement of lawn mowers, tools, vacuum cleaners, TVs
  • Donate broken appliances to Goodwill industries, a local rescue mission or charity, or find out if a nearby vocational school can use them for parts or to have students practice repairing them
  • Offer furniture and household items no longer needed to college students and friends, or donate to charity

When asked "Paper or Plastic?" at the checkout counter, say, "Neither, thanks. I brought my own."