Celebrate America’s National Recycle Day
November 15th of each year.
1. Reduce – This may be the hardest to adopt. Minimizing how many resources we consume is the foundation for living a greener lifestyle. What are some ways to help reduce waste?
- Turning off lights when you’re not using them and use energy efficient light bulbs.
- Check to see if your power companies offers energy efficient usage plans and energy saving tips.
- Shut down your work computer at the end of every day.
- Do away with running water while you’re brushing your teeth.
- Buy products that contain environmentally friendly packaging.
- Instead of buying something you’re not going to use very often, see if you can borrow it from someone you know.
- Try to reduce car use by carpooling, taking a bus, roller blading, riding a bike or walking.
- Use a computer. Many newspapers and magazines are online now. Print only what you need.
- Opt out of getting junk mail that you just throw away.
Reducing helps conservation efforts, decreases landfill waste and energy use which results in a cleaner environment. Striving for better choices helps conserve our natural resources.
2. Reuse – Can you repair something damaged? Can you donate something you’re finished with? Before you “trash” something, think of how you might get more out of it.
- Use silverware and dishes that can be cleaned and reused instead of plastic-ware, Styrofoam or paper plates that get thrown away.
- Store food in reusable containers.
- Metal cans and plastic containers can be used for storing items.
- Donate clothes, furniture, toys and “garage sale items” that didn’t sell.
- Turn old shirts into pajamas or cleaning rags.
- Some supermarkets recycle plastic shopping bags. Turn yours in. Better yet, bring your own cloth shopping bags for your groceries.
- Many junk removal companies donate items to charities, repair items, and recycle.
3. Recycle – Make new products out of old products and buy products that contain recycled materials. Recycling reduces the amount of garbage thrown away by 25%-50%.
- Composting kitchen waste is healthy for the soil therefore enhancing plants in your landscaping and less waste will go into the landfill.
- Check your state’s Department of Environmental Quality for recycling programs.
- Check to see if your city has a recycling program you can participate in and ask for a list of what they recycle.
Best wishes in your attempts to master the art of being green.