Reduce

Be Smart…Do Your Part.


Reduce:
Reduction, which is the most significant step you can make in efficient waste management, means figuring out ways you can reduce the stuff you get in the first place!  If only 1,000 citizens of the United States cut their junk mail in half, 170 trees would be saved, 46,000 pounds of carbon dioxide would not evaporate into the atmosphere and 70,000 gallons of water would not be used!

The best way to discover where you can reduce waste is to actually sort through your trash.

  • What does each family member throw away?
  • What materials take up the most space?
  • Is anything reusable or repairable?
  • Can you reduce the amount of disposable products you use?
  • Can you substitute products and packaging made of reusable, recyclable, or nonhazardous materials?
  • If you are throwing away unusable leftover products, can you give them to someone else, or buy these things in smaller sizes?

Other Waste Reduction Tips:

  • Buy in bulk
  • Use reusable and refillable items
  • Bring your own grocery bags
  • Get coffee with your own mug
  • Donate unwanted items
  • Purchase durable products instead of those that are disposable or cheaply made.
  • Repair/restore used items before replacing them.
  • Buy items you can re-use. Re-using margarine tubs to freeze foods or pack lunches, for instance, reduces the need for foil or plastic wrap.
  • Buy items you can recycle locally through curbside collection or recycling centers.
  • Avoid excess packaging when choosing product brands. Buy products in bulk. Buy just the amount you need: larger sizes reduce the amount of packaging, but smaller sizes reduce leftover waste.

To decrease the amount of junk mail you receive, try these steps:

1. Register with the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service
PO Box 282
Carmel, NY 10512

2.Stop credit card offers from major national credit bureaus by calling
1-888-5-OPT-OUT