* RECYCLE – use a recycling bin which is placed out by the curb on trash day or check on locations of recycling stations in your area
- Plastics – Look on the bottom of the plastic container and find the triangle with a number inside of it (check with your area to see what numbers they recycle).
- Glass – Clear glass (some areas take colored glass)
- Paper – Newspapers, phone books, etc. (some areas take cardboard)
- Plastic grocery bags – Usually have to be taken to a grocery store
* REUSE – some things can be used again
- Donate – Give things to charity.
- Hand-me-downs – Give good clothes to someone who can use them.
- Reuse paper grocery bags
- Reuse plastic cereal bags – Line the bottom of paper trash bags so they doesn’t leak. Use them for chicken bones, etc., to help contain the smell.
- Reuse gift bags – Just make sure you don’t give a bag to the person who gave it to you.
* REDUCE– Reduce the amount of natural resources that you use.
- Reduce paper – Read the newspaper online and help save trees.
- Reduce gasoline – Plan errands efficiently so that the least amount of gasoline is used. Walk, ride a bike, or car pool when possible.
- Reduce wattage – Use fluorescent light bulbs that are energy efficient.
- Reduce heating & cooling – Set the thermostat a few degrees warmer in the summer and use fans. Set the thermostat a few degrees cooler in the winter and wear a sweater if you need to.
- Reduce water – Use water-efficient shower heads and take shorter showers. Only use the dishwasher or clothes washer when you have a full load. A full dishwasher saves water versus washing by hand. TURN OFF THE WATER WHILE BRUSHING TEETH. A lot of water is wasted just from this habit alone.