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Reducing Is Easy

Produce Less Waste by Practicing the 3 Rs:

  • Reduce the amount and toxicity of trash you discard.
  • Reuse containers and products; repair what is broken or give it to someone who can repair it.
  • Recycle as much as possible, which includes buying products with recycled content

Reduce

Waste prevention, or "source reduction," means consuming and throwing away less. It includes:

  • purchasing durable, long-lasting goods;
  • seeking products and packaging that are as free of toxics as possible;
  • redesigning products to use less raw material in production, have a longer life, or be used again after its original use.
  • Source reduction actually prevents the generation of waste in the first place, so it is the most preferred method of waste management and goes a long way toward protecting the environment

Reuse

Reusing items -- by repairing them, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them -- also reduces waste. Reusing products, when possible, is even better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.

Recycle

Benefits of Recycling
  • Conserves resources for our children's future.
  • Prevents emissions of many greenhouse gases and water pollutants.
  • Saves energy.
  • Supplies valuable raw materials to industry.
  • Creates jobs.
  • Stimulates the development of greener technologies.
  • Reduces the need for new landfills and incinerators.

Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. Materials like glass, metal, plastics, and paper are collected, separated and sent to facilities that can process them into new materials or products.

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