Tips for Reuse, Reducing WASTE, and Recycling

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  • Reduce Your Packaging: Buy bulk or concentrated products when you can.
  • Reduce Toxicity or Learn How: Recycle your batteries and use batteries with reduced mercury.
  • Select Reusable Products: Sturdy, washable utensils, tableware, cloth napkins, and dishcloths can be used many times.
  • Use Durable Products: Choose furniture, sports equipment, toys, and tools that will stand the test of time.
  • Reuse Products: Reuse newspaper, boxes, shipping "peanuts," and "bubble wrap" to ship packages.
  • Recycle Automotive Products: Take car batteries, antifreeze, and motor oil to participating recycling centers.
  • Buy Products Made From Recycled Material: Many bottles, cans, cereal boxes, containers, and cartons are made from recycled material.
  • Compost or Learn How: Food scraps and yard waste can become natural soil conditioners.

Benefits of Recycling

  • Recycling protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness.
  • Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.

Source: EPA