Tips to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
- Conserve Paper- Print drafts on the back of used paper for editing.
Use draft feature in the print menu to save on ink. Be sure to edit
and check spelling on the screen before printing.
- Place an order through the mail with a group of people in order to
save money and reduce packaging waste.
- Another way to cut down on paper use is to send electronic greeting
cards. Some environmental groups offer these, even letting you use a
- Before you throw away or recycle all of those gift catalogs, take
a minute to pick out the ones you don't want to receive anymore. Call
their toll-free numbers NOW and ask to get off their list.
- Buy Durable- Consider how long an item will last before you make
a purchase. Often, a cheaper item will wear out long before its more
- Borrow, rent of share items used infrequently.
- Avoid disposable plates, cups, bowls, utensils; carry your own.
- Reduce your use of aluminum foil and plastic wraps, or avoid them
completely by using plastic containers. You can also reuse those glass
jars that you would normally recycle.
After Christmas, recycle your tree- * Place the tree
in the yard or garden for use by birds and other wildlife. The branches
provide shelter from strong winds and cold. * Prune off the branches
and place the boughs over perennials as a winter mulch. * Chip the
tree and use as a mulch around trees, shrubs, or in flower beds.
If you have a yard, allow mown grass clippings to
remain on the lawn to decompose and return nutrients back to the soil,
rather than bagging and disposing them.
Put those left over Halloween Pumpkins in a mulch
pile rather than the trash.
Buy recycled products.
Avoid products with unnecessary packaging.
Post a chalkboard or wipe board for phone messages
instead of using paper in your house or in your hall.
Polystyrene, commonly referred to as Styrofoam, comes
in many different forms. Made from a non-renewable resource, polystyrene
is also difficult to recycle. Try to avoid buying products packaged
in polystyrene, and let your grocer know your preference. Polystyrene
packaging materials can be reused many times before disposal.
Avoid non-recyclable packing materials. Try to use
newspaper or shredded office paper wherever you can. You can also
use real popcorn as packaging and it can be composted when your finished!
A plastic bottle can be made into a: Funnel by cutting off the bottom.
Liner for a planter or flower pot. Bird feeder. Container for storing
nails, screws, washers and nuts. Etc... . After the holidays, there
are several ways to dispose or recycle your tree. (Before recycling
your Christmas tree, remove all tinsel and ornaments.) Some suggestions
No-Waste Gift-Giving Ideas
Here are a few ideas and suggestions on how to have
a wonderful, gift-giving holiday season and still be earth friendly.
Hide the large, unwieldy gift somewhere in the house
or yard, and give the person a card with a clue, or a series of clue
cards, to lead them to the present.
If you do use storebought wrapping paper, buy the
kind with recycled content (the more postconsumer, the better).
Not sure what to get someone? How about a gift certificate?
That way, you know the gift will be kept. * * Make gifts. Everyone
appreciates a home-cooked meal or baked goodies.
Consider nonmaterial gifts. Tickets to a sporting
event, movie, play, or concert are a real treat! Or make a charitable
donation in someone's name.
Set a box aside to collect the reusable ribbons, bows,
and other package decorations.
Most gifts boxes can be flattened and reused throughout
the year for other items. Recycle boxes that can't be reused.
With all the excitement, people usually tear through
the gift wrap, so set aside a large box or bag to collect the torn
gift wrap. If there are large uncrumpled pieces of wrap, consider
using those pieces for wrapping future gifts. CAUTION: Before taking
the bag of used gift wrap out to the trash can, check to make sure
toy or game parts have not been accidentally dropped in the bag.
Put this year's Christmas cards away to cut up and
use as gift tags for next year's gifts.
If you bought a live Christmas tree, be sure to plant
it. Or consider donating it a local school or nursing home to plant
on their grounds. If you bought a cut tree, remove all decorations
including tinsel and lights before recycling. Check your local paper
for instructions on recycling options and the dates for pickup or
drop-off. City and county Christmas tree recycling programs are also
advertised on the radio.