Recycling Tips

Source Reduction

Preventing waste from being generated reduces waste at the source and is called "source reduction." Here are some source reduction tips:

  • Buy in bulk to avoid purchasing too much packaging
  • Buy concentrates instead of single serving packages
  • Avoid buying pump toothpastes - tubes use 3 times less plastic
  • Have a garage sale
  • Buy and maintain durable products
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs
  • Rent, borrow, or share infrequently used tools and equipment
  • Make 2-sided copies
  • Take your lunch in reusable containers
  • Use email instead of paper memos

Disposable products

Disposable products may be convenient, but they create more waste, filling landfills. Look for products that can be reused:

Helpful Solutions
 USE:  Instead Of:
 Sponges or rags
 Paper towels
 Rechargeable batteries  Disposable batteries
 Plastic containers
 Foil or plastic wrap
 Reusable coffee filters
 Paper coffee filters
 Reusable plates and cups
 Paper or foam plates and cups
 Refillable razors
 Disposable razors
 Reusable cameras
 Disposable cameras