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ReDuce > ReUse > ReCycle

Written by: Clay Miller


Recycle all around the world reduce reuse recycle

ReDuce




  • turn off lights when not in use
  • turn off and unplug electronics when not in use
  • water lawn only when necessary
  • shorten your showers and use low-flow showerheads
  • limit amount of paper used, print only when needed
  • stop junk mail to your home
  • learn decomposition rates

ReUse




  • don't throw away something if you can give it away or even sell it; to someone who can use it and you can even make money
  • buy used items and try to can reuse the items that you currently own
  • save gift boxes, ribbon, tissue paper, bows, packing supplies (bubble wrap, peanuts, etc.)
  • use cloth napkins, cloth diapers and dish cloths

ReCycle




  • look into composting
  • collect the acceptable recycling items and use your home recycling pick-up service or go to your local recycling center; to find the recycling center nearest you, go to Earth911.com's Recycling Center search

    Items that CAN and CANNOT be recycled:

    PAPER




    • White ledger paper: computer, copy machine and typewriter paper; white ledger pads, adding machine tape
    • News Quality Papers: newspaper, phonebooks, wide-lined news print
    • Folders: manila, colored and coated folders
    • Mail: letters, brochures, advertisements, magazines
    • Correspondence: legal pad paper, colored paper and message sheets, self adhesive notes, index cards, fax paper
    • Envelopes: with or without windows, with labels, colored and coated
    • Computer paper
    • Brown Papers: brown envelopes, brown grocery bags, cereal boxes, beverage cartons, grey cartons and clean pizza boxes (without grease)
    • Cardboard Boxes: broken down into 3 feet by 3 feet sections
    • White ledger paper: computer, copy machine and typewriter paper; white ledger pads, adding machine tape
    • News Quality Papers: newspaper, phonebooks, wide-lined news print
    • Folders: manila, colored and coated folders
    • Do NOT take: text books, candy wrappers, pizza boxes, Styrofoam egg cartons; dirty plates, cups or napkins; facial tissue, paper towels

    PLASTIC




    • Bottles: soda, milk, detergent, shampoo & small-mouth bottles
    • Do NOT take: plastic plates, utensils, cups, grocery bags or toys
    • to be more accurate, look at the plastic identification codes.

    GLASS




    • Bottles: clear, brown, green and blue glass bottles and jars in which food products are packaged
    • Do NOT take: window glass, drinking glasses, light bulbs

    METAL




    • Cans: aluminum, bi-metal beverage cans; steel food/tin cans; empty aerosol cans
    • Do NOT take: paint cans, coat hangers, steel scrap, batteries


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