REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
I'm recycling, why isn't that enough?
Although recycling does reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill, it still costs money to collect and recycle those materials. By reducing the amount of waste that you generate and reusing items when possible, you will help save money, energy, and resources for the next generation. Here are some ideas to help you Reduce and Reuse:
• Don't buy what you don't need!!!
• Buy products with the least amount of packaging.
• Buy items packaged in recyclable material.
• Borrow, rent or share items that you use infrequently.
• Use a mug at work instead of disposable cups.
• The Reuse Marketplace is a free regional network to find, sell, trade, or give away reusable and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash. It is open to businesses, institutions, governments, and organizations in New Jersey and some surrounding states. Visit their website at www.reusemarketplace.org/
• Go to www.freecycle.org
and visit the Middlesex group. The Freecycle Network is a grassroots movement open to all communities including non-profit organizations and to all individuals who want to participate. When you want to find a new home for something - whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door - you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of your local Freecycle group. Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.
• Visit www.dmachoice.org
to help manage the amount of unwanted mail and catalogs you receive.
• Visit www.yellowpagesoptout.com/
to opt out of receiving the yellow pages.
Learn more about source reduction at these websites:
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