Educational Resources

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
     -Bring reusable bags to the grocery store

Other Resources:
Guide to Going Green at School
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Waste Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Envirofacts
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